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"This is the first true test of support in the presidential nominating cycle," Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said in a statement obtained by Roll Call. "Candidates come face-to-face with tens of thousands of Iowans at the Straw Poll, and will reach every corner of our state and a national audience in our presidential debate."
Roll Call said this year's straw poll will include a debate Aug. 11, 2011, which will be broadcast on Fox News.
Nevada's early caucus is trumpeted as "First in the West." Politico pointed out Nevada could end up the third state nationwide to vote for their party's next nominee.
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