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Romney pulls out all the stops for Iowa GOP straw poll today

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney posed for a photo with the Red Hat Divas of Hampton during a campaign stop at the Camp David restaurant in Iowa Falls, Iowa. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney posed for a photo with the Red Hat Divas of Hampton during a campaign stop at the Camp David restaurant in Iowa Falls, Iowa. (Kevin Sanders for the Boston Globe)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / August 11, 2007

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AMES, Iowa -- In a quest to solidify his front-runner position in Iowa at today's Republican straw poll, Mitt Romney is going all-out to lure thousands of supporters to Ames, renting a fleet of air-conditioned buses, buying thousands of tickets, and promising free barbecue and entertainment to supporters who make the trip. (Full article: 897 words)

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