- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Republican Party has received four bids to host the 2015 straw poll later this year.

The party announced Friday that four venues have submitted proposals to host the August event, which has traditionally been held in Ames the summer before a contested presidential caucus.

The locations are the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, the Iowa State Center in Ames, the Iowa Speedway in Newton and Drake University in Des Moines.

A committee will review the bids and recommend a location. No timeline has been set for the decision.

First held in 1979, the Iowa straw poll has grown from a county GOP fundraiser to a large event. The poll draws a small percentage of caucus attendees. It’s one early test of campaign organization.

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