Today is the Iowa Straw Poll, a once-every-four-year tradition among Iowa's Republicans where campaigns round up supporters -- often paying for their tickets to get into the hall -- so they can have the privilege of voting for who they think should be the GOP's nominee for President of the United States. It's a pretty unusual setup and all it is is a glorified test of strength, nothing more. It's a test of campaign organization more than any other.
Still, it may produce a few casualties. Already we are hearing rumblings that former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's campaign could give up if they don't finish in the top three in this straw poll.
Anyway, it has so far been a lot of fun for the political people down there. Earlier this week the candidates held their big debate, and today is the big straw poll vote. Here's a story from CBS News about what's happening down there this week.