Iowa Loves Corn

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DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 11:  Voters put corn kernals into jars with their favorite Republican presidential candidates on the first day of the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The candidates, including Mitt Romney, John Huntsman and Newt Gingrich, visited the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in traditional Iowa campaigning rituals.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 11: Voters put corn kernals into jars with their favorite Republican presidential candidates on the first day of the Iowa State Fair August 11, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The candidates, including Mitt Romney, John Huntsman and Newt Gingrich, visited the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in traditional Iowa campaigning rituals. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

There are more corn-related events at the annual Iowa State Fair than you can shake an ear of corn at (corn-shaking may or may not be an event in itself), and one of them is this corn-kernel voting thing. It's not as important as the Ames Straw Poll, partly because the whole system seems a little too lax to be taken seriously. Those kernels in Thad McCotter's jar, for example, must have been blown in by the wind.