So we can count two fewer candidates for the Iowa Straw Poll after Giuliani and McCain said "no, thanks." But the State Republican Party told me it could still be a full day. Executive Director Chuck Laudner said every announced Republican candidate plans to take part. (that's like 42 candidates. Almost) And supporters for Fred Thompson and Newt Gingrich expect their candidates to be there, too. And how about this one...Condi Rice. Her supporters are pushing for a place in Ames.
History lesson.... no one has ever skipped the Straw Poll and won the Iowa Caucuses. Both Giuliani and McCain say still plan Iowa victories.