Republican presidential candidate, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a Republican dinner in Tiffin, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a town hall event in Muscatine, Iowa, July 24, 2011.

Supporters listen to Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul speak at a “meet and greet” campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, July 25, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks at a town hall event in Marshalltown, Iowa, July 23, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, left, talks to a driver outside a Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition house party in Clive, Iowa, August 8, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Story County Fair in Nevada, Iowa, July 23, 2011.

A fan greets Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at a campaign stop at the Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 4, 2011.

Marcus Bachmann ,left, and his wife, GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, campaign at the Story County Fair in Nevada, Iowa, July 23, 2011.

Linda Oldenkamp mows her lawn as Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign bus passes by in Sanborn, Iowa, August 9, 2011.

A member of the Tea Party pleads her case to Republican presidential candidate, former Sen. Rick Santorum, at a town hall event in Mount Pleasant, Iowa July 28, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann leaves Living Word Outreach Ministries after attending a church service in Spencer, Iowa, July 31, 2011 while campaigning througout the state in advance of the Straw Poll.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann walks out to her campaign bus after a town hall event in Marshalltown, Iowa, July 23, 2011.

Iowa State rugby players Tyler Zoz, left, and Sean Conley hang an autographed Tim Pawlenty campaign sign in their apartment after meeting Pawlenty at Iowa State, Ames, Iowa, August 12, 2011. The Straw Poll will be held Saturday in Ames.

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty put on their free t-shirts at the Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 13, 2011.

Khayree Fitten, 16. center right, questions Republican presidential candidate former Sen. Rick Santorum about his opposition to “Obamacare” as they leave a town hall event in Mount Pleasant, Iowa July 28, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate, and former Speaker Newt Gingrich waits for his turn to speak at a Republican dinner in Tiffin, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

Lucas Draisey, center, field representative for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is flanked by Time Pawlenty’s staffers as he tries to sign up voters for the Ames Straw Poll at a Republican dinner in Tiffin, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty speaks to a local at a campaign stop in Mason City, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

The audience at a campaign stop for Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann in Spencer, Iowa, July 31, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann signs a copy of the US Constitution at a town hall event in Muscatine, Iowa, July 24, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann greets churchgoers at Living Word Outreach Ministries in Spencer, Iowa, July 31, 2011 while campaigning througout the state in advance of the Straw Poll.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, left, dances with her husband, Marcus, at a rally in Davenport, Iowa, July 24, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks with reporters during at a campaign stop at Palmer’s Deli in Des Moines, Iowa, July 20, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann greets supporters at a campaign stop in Fort Dodge, Iowa, July 31, 2011.

Sioux City residents listen to Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann speak at a town hall event in Sioux City, Iowa, August 9, 2011.

GOP Presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann speaks about the national debt at a town hall event in Muscatine, Iowa, July 24, 2011.

President Barack Obama speaks live on Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s campaign bus as she speaks at a campaign stop in Atlantic, Iowa, August 8, 2011.

Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Michele Bachmann signed Zach Judd’s shirt at a campaign stop held at a Pizza Ranch in Newton, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

Sarah Palin visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 12, 2011, one day before the Ames Straw Poll.

Undecided Republican voter Bill Robison listens to presidential candidates speak at a Republican dinner in Tiffin, Iowa, August 5, 2011.

A sign in Ruthven, Iowa along Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann’s campaign route August 9, 2011.

A Fox News stage is set up in Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State University, the site of tonight’s GOP debate, and Saturday’s Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011.

Supporters for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann gather for a rally at Iowa State, the site of the Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 12, 2011.

Supporters for Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann gather for a rally at Iowa State, the site of the Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 12, 2011.

Ron Paul supporters watch Gov. Rick Perry announce his candidacy in the AARP tent at the Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, August 13, 2011.

An Iowa State Fair attendee votes for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry in an informal “corn poll” in Des Moines, Iowa, August 12, 2011, one day before the Ames Straw Poll.

The Deciders by Max Whittaker

Iowa isn’t content to just be the first primary state. Republicans in the state get a jump on everyone else by holding the Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa in mid-August. Candidates roam around the corn-filled state, and any Iowan who wants to can look a presidential candidate in the eye and shake their hand. Rep. Michele Bachmann came out ahead in Ames and focuses the field moving forward.

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