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Eight Iowans to have say in Reform Party selection

October 26, 1999
Web posted at: 11:08 a.m. EDT (1508 GMT)

DES MOINES, Iowa (Des Moines Register) -- The Reform Party will pick its presidential candidate next summer, and Iowa will have a modest say in the decision, according to the party's former candidate for governor.

Jim Hennager, a college administrator who ran for governor in 1998, said Iowa has eight delegates to the party's national convention at a yet-to-be determined location.

Five of those delegates are already in place, and three delegates will be elected next spring. Barring a number of delegate resignations, it will be difficult for any one candidate to control the Iowa delegation, Hennager said.

The Reform Party held a state convention in Ames this month, and a number of Pat Buchanan supporters showed up. Hennager said he believed the Buchanan faction would have to demonstrate a real willingness to work for the establishment of a national third party before it would have much of a chance at Iowa's three delegate slots up for grabs next May.

Hennager, an adviser on the party's central committee, said he hoped Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura would eventually enter the presidential race. Hennager said if the party decided to hold its convention in Minneapolis, it would be the ideal platform for a draft-Ventura movement.

So far, Ventura has said he will not run for president.

Reform Party delegates are awarded based on population, Hennager said, so large states such as California, New York, Texas and Florida will have the most influence on whether Buchanan, Ventura or businessman Donald Trump gets the party's presidential nod.

This report provided byDes Moines Register.com.


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