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Ames Straw Poll

Georgia trumps Iowa this weekend as GOP presidential race accelerates

ATLANTA For a brief moment this weekend, Georgia will top Iowa as the prime destination for Republicans running for president, as 10 hopefuls will court conservative activists in Buckhead and make other stops in the state. The RedState Gathering comes at the expense of the now-deceased quadrennial carnival called the Iowa Straw Poll, and it follows Thursday night's first GOP debate, as the race for the White House enters an accelerated phase. Weep not for Iowa and New Hampshire, as the early states will retain their power to winnow the 17-candidate GOP field. But particularly in the age of the unlimited-money super PAC, Georgia and other "SEC primary" states voting March...