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Posted August 23, 2011
Perry returns to Iowa for GOP picnic Aug. 27; leads in new poll

Texas Gov. and Republican Presidential hopeful Rick Perry signs an autograph before boarding his bus Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 following a campaign stop at the Hamburg Inn #2 in Iowa City. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)


UPDATED: Two weeks after the Iowa GOP Straw Poll, Iowa will return to political center stage if only for a picnic.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the new leader among Iowa Republicans, according to a poll release Aug. 23, will join two other contenders for the 2012 GOP nomination — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Thaddeus McCotter — in Des Moines Aug. 27 for the Polk County Republicans’ Second Annual Summer Picnic.

Also on the menu is the possibility of an announcement by another candidate.

There are hints former New York Gov. George Pataki will announce when he speaks at the picnic at the Iowa State Fairgrounds’ Jalapeno Pete’s restaurant, according to Darrell Kearney, one of the picnic organizers.

“I got the impression he might make an announcement of some sort,” said Kearney, a longtime GOP operative who spent several years working for the Republican Party of Iowa.

Kearney said Pataki didn’t confirm his participation until Monday afternoon. Perry, who originally declined an invitation, said Aug. 23 he would participate.

Kearney’s still waiting to hear from Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa GOP Straw Poll earlier this month.

Perry, who made his first campaign trip to Iowa a day after that straw poll has taken the lead among Iowa Republicans, according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Aug. 23.

According to PPP, the race remains close: Perry is at 22 percent; Mitt Romney at 19; Bachmann at 18; and Paul at 16 percent.

When Sarah Palin is added to the mix, the order remains the same with her getting the support of 10 percent of Iowa Republicans.

The results are bad news for Bachmann, according to PPP’s Tom Jensen. She received “virtually no momentum” out of her straw poll win. She was in third place in a PPP poll in June and remains in third place, he said.

The poll found 2007 straw poll winner Romney is losing support in Iowa.

On the other hand, Paul’s numbers are rising, PPP said. His 16 percent poll standing is up from 11 percent in June and his positive/negative rating of 53/29 makes him the second to Perry as the most popular of 15 announced and potential candidates that were polled.

For full results of the PPP poll, visit http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/2011/08/perry-takes-lead-in-iowa.html.

Hosted by WHO Radio news talk show host Simon Conway, the Polk County Summer Picnic is $25 per person and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and the usual summer fare, along with tractor rides around the Iowa State Fairgrounds and other fun activities. For more information, contact Darrell Kearney at (515) 280-6438 or at dkearney@polkgop.com

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