Mitt Romney will skip a key early test for Republican presidential candidates by forgoing the Iowa straw poll in mid-August, a decision that could recast the contest in the nation’s first presidential nominating state.
This is roughly like competing at the Olympics, only you’ve just publicly announced that you’ll be blowing off the opening ceremonies. The Ames straw poll is when the GOP Presidential primaries start: you don’t have to win it to get the nomination, but it’s… the Ames straw poll. Weird.
PS: You know who this helps?
Mitt Romney Tim Pawlenty: this is just the latest break that the former governor of Minnesota has gotten in this contest. Although if Rick Perry changes his mind about staying out of the race…