Watch video at bottom of article. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of strength five months before the state's caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.
Mike Glover and Philip Elliott
, August 13, 2011
The Ames Straw Poll is many things: state fair with carnival rides, political convention, fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, test of a candidate's organizational strength, and what some might describe as an institutionalized if genteel day of bribery.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty heads to Puerto Rico next month for a Republican Governors Association fundraiser.
Pawlenty is listed as a special guest on the invitation for the Aug. 15 event in Guaynabo, near San Juan, hosted by Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno. Pawlenty aide Bob Schroeder confirmed the governor’s participation.
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