Jul 23, 2011 7:00 PM by Matt Stafford
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Nine Republican presidential candidates will appear on the ballot for the Iowa Straw Poll, a party fundraiser where thousands of GOP activists weigh in on the presidential field.
It's considered an early indicator of support in the state with the nation's leadoff presidential caucuses.
The Iowa GOP State Central Committee announced Saturday that the six candidates who reserved space at the Aug. 13 event at Iowa State University were guaranteed spots. They are Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Georgia businessman Herman Cain, Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
The committee also selected three others: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. There will be a space for write-ins.