Also, don't get carried away on turnout -- the Iowa GOP did a much better job of checking for Iowa IDs than in years past.
Aug 13, 2007
Some observers have pointed out that only 14,000 voters turned out for this weekend's Ames Strawpoll -- a steep drop-off from participation in its last competitive races. Most have attributed the decline to Giuliani, Thompson and McCain not taking part, or to a lack of enthusiasm in the GOP. But MSNBC's First Read credits a stricter policy of ID enforcement.