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“The party is strong and has the resources in place for victory in November,” Strawn wrote. “Now is the time to transition to new leadership.”

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Two and a half weeks later, GOP officials finished up a final vote tally based on the counts precinct leaders recorded on Jan. 3 on the official party document called a Form E.

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Although the results reported by those eight precincts on caucus night showed Santorum was the clear winner, Strawn said he couldn’t trust those numbers because GOP officials had found typos in 131 other precincts’ caucus night results.

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canada goose outlet england Senate Minority Leader Jerry Behn, R Boone, in a statement this morning thanked Strawn for his dedication to the cause of promoting our great party, its values, principles and candidates. party chairman Steve Grubbs this morning said: Strawn has been a very effective chairman for the Republican Party of Iowa. Two years ago he lead the party to historic wins. For Republicans to turn on him now is very shortsighted. of Davenport, said Iowa Republicans created the caucus process in the 1970s, which is non binding, with looser vote counting procedures than typical elections. “Ultimately, it was bound to have problems, and the fact canada goose black friday sale that it happened on Matt Strawn watch is less his problem and more the problem Iowa Republican need to tackle in the next three years,” Grubbs told the Register canada goose outlet england.