As speculation grows that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the presidential race, the Des Moines Register reports that a group seeking to draft him to run is seeking space at Iowa's Ames Straw Poll in August.
According to the Register:
Americans for Rick Perry is taking steps to purchase a vendor spot, organizer Bob Schuman told The Des Moines Register today.
“We intend to have some kind of impact at the straw poll,” Schuman said. “We just don’t know what that is yet, but we’re working on it.”
The straw poll is a test of campaign strength and candidate popularity. It’s also a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Iowa.
Campaigns had one opportunity, on June 23, to buy a physical space on the straw poll campus, which guaranteed a right to address the audience from the main stage and locked in a line on the ballot.
Party rules don’t allow campaigns to buy spaces after that date.
Vendors and advocacy groups still can, but the purchase doesn’t mean a candidate will be allowed to speak or get a slot on the ballot.