Iowa's GOP is dominated by social conservatives whose focus is on opposing abortion and gay marriage, say party insiders. That explains why not all Republican presidential hopefuls are competing in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.
Six candidates are actively competing in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. Those who fare poorly may find that fundraising dries up. Those who do well may see an infusion of campaign cash.
Michele Bachmann was born in Iowa, where the first caucus in the 2012 presidential primary race will take place. Now a Minnesota congresswoman, Michele Bachmann took her tea party message to Iowa late last week.