Washington (AP) -- Republican Presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is skipping this summer's Republican Straw Poll in Iowa and will instead focus on the state's lead-off caucuses in January.
The campaign of the former New York City Mayor says Giuliani is "100 percent committed to winning" in Iowa, and that it's decided against participating in any straw polls anywhere.
Giuliani has trailed both chief rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney in creating organizations and collecting endorsements in the state, and is in a tight race in recent polls in Iowa.
The straw poll has traditionally been a solid measure of a candidate's organizational strength, and a poor showing has prompted underdog candidates to drop out.
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