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Is the Ames Straw Poll Really a Presidential Predictor? -- PICTURES

OTTUMWA, IA - DECEMBER 28: Republican presidential hopeful and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks at a "Meet Mike Huckabee" event at the Bridge View Center December 28, 2007 in Ottumwa, Iowa. With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucus, Mike Huckabee has returned to Iowa to continue campaigning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES)

photo of Carrie Mihalcik
August 11, 2011

Republican presidential candidates are stepping up their campaigning in Iowa ahead of one of the first big tests of the 2012 election cycle – the Ames Straw Poll. The event, a run-up to the Iowa Republican caucus, has been something of a bellwether in past years.

How accurate is the Ames Straw Poll? Take a look at some of the past winners of the Straw Poll, the Iowa caucus, and the Republican nomination to see how often one candidate won all three.

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