Brownback Hopes for Strong Straw Poll Showing

By: AP
By: AP

AMES, Iowa (AP) _ Republican presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee
and Sam Brownback are both hoping for a strong showing in tomorrow's Iowa straw poll.

They want to deny a big victory to former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. They also want to win the support of social conservatives who will play an important role in the nominating campaign.

Brownback says it's a chance to break out and start getting national media attention. The 50-year-old Kansas senator is a strong foe of abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and same-sex marriage.

Huckabee is a Southern Baptist minister and former Arkansas governor.

Both men say it would be difficult to survive a poor showing in

Up to 40,000 Republicans are expected for the event on the Iowa
State University campus in Ames. Some better-known rivals, including Senator John McCain, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Senator Fred Thompson, decided not to compete in the straw poll.

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