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Scaling back

Republican presidential hopefulMitt Romney said Saturday he has scaled back plans for a straw poll in Iowa next month that two chief rivals are skipping.

He told reporters in Algona, Iowa, that he hopes to do well, but “we’re not trying to overshoot dramatically.” That means reducing the budget for the straw poll Aug. 11 in Ames and the number of supporters his campaign plans to bus in to the event, the Associated Press reports.

In June, former New York City MayorRudolph W. Giuliani andArizona Sen. John McCain bowed out of the decades-old nonbinding contest. Mr. Romney has put great resources into preparing for the event, which now shapes up as a contest involving several lesser-known contenders.

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