Both Giuliani and McCain announced Wednesday they will not compete in the Iowa straw poll this summer.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Following the news that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not participate in the Iowa straw poll this summer, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has also decided to skip the event, his campaign announced Wednesday afternoon.
But the McCain campaign said the Arizona senator will compete in the Iowa caucuses in January, the first event of the presidential primary season.
"In light of today's news, it is clear that the Ames Straw Poll will not be a meaningful test of the leading candidates' organizational abilities, so we have decided to forego our participation in the event," Terry Nelson, McCain's campaign manager, said in a statement.
"John McCain has built a solid grassroots organization in Iowa and intends to win the state's caucuses," Nelson added. "He appreciates the unique and critical role the caucuses play in the nomination process and enjoys traveling the state, meeting Iowans, and holding town hall meetings."
Earlier in the day, Giuliani's campaign said it is focusing its Iowa resources on winning the January caucuses instead of the straw poll.
The straw poll, sponsored by the state Republican party and set to be held in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 11, has traditionally been seen as a barometer of a candidate's organizational strength in the Hawkeye State.
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