'Unprecedented' level of fluidity in race, says Iowa GOP Chairman
Rick Santorum leaves a campaign rally held at the Hotel Pattee on January 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa.
January 2nd, 2012
03:38 PM ET
3 years ago

'Unprecedented' level of fluidity in race, says Iowa GOP Chairman

Des Monies, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa state Republican Chairman Matt Strawn said his state is experiencing an "unprecedented" level of fluidity in picking which Republican presidential candidate to support.

Strawn said voters are focused on finding a GOP nominee who will be able to beat President Barack Obama.

"This level of fluidity has been unprecedented that we've seen throughout the caucus season," Strawn said from his Des Moines office. "And I think that goes to how serious Republicans take the responsibility of replacing Barack Obama. We want to get the decision right."

Strawn added that he expects many Iowans to remain undecided until the last minute.

"Right now, still 2 out of 5 caucus goers are saying they're going to make their minds up caucus night, which is why it's so important for these campaigns to be organized," he said.

Strawn said that while it's hard to predict voter turnout, he's confident there will be a strong turnout Tuesday night.


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  1. Jim

    Santorum give me a break wearing an Iowa hawkeye colored jacket....idiot!

    January 2, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. CBR

    Good luck if it is Romney. He has not been as factually correct as he should be. He has been less than honest about his tenure as Governor of MA. He is a very political guy and he knows how to play the game. His tenure at Bain is not without its critics particularly when the real cost to people vs the earnings of Romney and others.

    January 2, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Iowans are bored. Or they're attention-hounds. Or they're wishy-washy. Somehow or other, they can't seem to make up their minds about anyone, with several interviewed saying they'd make up their minds right before they vote.

    If this "represents" America, then God help us ...

    January 2, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    His tenure at Bain is not without its critics particularly when the real cost to people vs the earnings of Romney and others.
    ================================================================================================
    People lost their jobs when Obama took over GM & Chrysler as well. Make sure you hold HIM accountable for those lots jobs too!

    Companies come and companies go, and people get jobs and lose jobs. Just ask John Corzine, the Democrat financial wizard that just took down a major financial firm betting on bankrupt European countries. Bloody genius!! NOT!!!

    January 2, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Natalie

    "Fluidity" indeed! That's because none of these goons can beat Obama and they know it. Romney is nothing but a career politician who says whatever voters in his presence want to hear whether or not he believes it himself. We don't schmoozers. We also don't need more of the same failed GOP economics...more unfunded wars and tax breaks to those who don't need them. It'll clearly be Obama.

    January 2, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. Duke One

    PERRY is the only anti Romney with executive experience as well as the organization and money to be one of last candidates standing. PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    January 2, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. willie floyd

    If the Reps. think they have any candidate in the clown parade that can defeat the president-they're in for a rude awakening!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 2, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. jerry

    who ever is going to be the winner...will have NO problem knocking off the fraud-in-chief.

    January 2, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Mikey

    With this 'clown car' field, is there an option for none-of-the-above?
    Bozo/Ronald McDonald for GOP nomination 2012!!!!

    January 2, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "People lost their jobs when Obama took over GM & Chrysler as well. Make sure you hold HIM accountable for those lots jobs too!"

    Your weak defense of Romney does not improve merely because you keep repeating the same nonsense. President Obama never "took over GM & Chrysler" so you've already outed yourself as a Fakes News hatemonkey who doesn't understand the auto bailout (which was nothing at all like Romney's predatory capitalism he practiced with Bain). How do you expect to be taken seriously when you repeatedly post lies here?

    January 2, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    The fluidity is due to each candidate being unacceptable to one or another fringe group and the GOP/TP ridiculous notion that we should chose a leader based on their ideals and not abilities. What is needed is a person with critical thinking skills who is logical, able to make educated well thought out decisions and will work for improving the economy and our international standing for ALL Americans.

    Obama 2012 – Because he can

    January 2, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Get Real

    "unprecedented level of fluidity" = realization that every single GOP candidate is an inveterate loser.

    January 2, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    Ahh yes, nothing like the frothy fluidity of Santorum surging in the backstreets of Iowa.

    January 2, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. GaryOwen27

    Just a bunch of stupid people being stupid.

    January 2, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |