First Romney says he’s skipping Florida straw poll, now it’s California’s

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So far, it looks like Mitt Romney doesn’t have any plans to attend California’s GOP convention, September 16-18, which is mildly surprising.

Romney was expected by many to at least drop in on the California gathering because other GOP candidates (hello, Rick Perry) are furiously being wooed, and the state GOP is holding a straw poll that weekend aimed at whipping up enthusiasm among the grassroots for the GOP presidential candidates.

Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann will give the keynote address Friday night, and Ron Paul will be there.

Calbuzz explains
 why attending could be important.

If, by June, the top tier remains Bachmann, Perry and Romney (and assuming that Paul is still in the game), then winning the California GOP presidential primary in June, with proportional representation by congressional district, could net a campaign an enormous cache of delegates – about 170 are at stake – that might prove pivotal in securing the nomination.

For more analysis, please go here.

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