Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll marks the first time Republicans weigh in on the GOP presidential field with ballots and could prove a boon for candidates who have spent months laying the groundwork
despite poor polling. The event comes with Texas Gov. Rick Perry
poised to enter the campaign while visiting another early
nominating state, South Carolina.
The nonbinding results in Iowa were likely to foreshadow the
coming months in the lead-off nominating state and perhaps force
some candidates from the race.