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Politics with pork chops: Presidential candidates flock to Iowa State Fair

Presidential hopefuls flocked to the Iowa State Fair over the weekend in hopes of connecting with voters by shaking hands, posing for selfies and and scoring $7 grilled pork chops on a stick.

Large crowds swarmed the pack of candidates, including Democratic and Republican frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, both of whom declined to speak from The Des Moines Register’s soapbox.

At the fair, which as become something of a rite of passage for candidates trying to rouse support ahead of Iowa’s early primaries, Trump made good on his promise to offer free helicopter rides, and Clinton could be seen greeting fans, lemonade and pork chop in hand.

The Iowa State Fair, which runs for 11 days, typically draws about 90,000 people daily.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1ODWD

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. Photo by
Jim Young/Reuters.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (2nd R) shares a laugh with attendees at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1OBBS

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush shares a laugh with attendees at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 14, 2015. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1ODUB

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush throws a baseball as he campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1OBCX

Bush throws a baseball as he campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 14, 2015. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former Senator Tom Harkin (C) pose for a photo with an attendee at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 15, 2015.  REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1ODVD

Clinton and former Senator Tom Harkin pose for a photo with an attendee at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. Photo by Jim Young/Reuters.

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. Sanders was mobbed by supporters upon arrival. Photo by Joshua Lott/Reuters

Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 15, 2015. Sanders was mobbed by supporters upon arrival. Photo by Joshua Lott/Reuters.

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