DES MOINES, Iowa -- Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will not be attending the Iowa Republican Party’s annual Ronald Reagan Dinner, a source confirmed to NBC News.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul, Gov. Rick Perry, and former Sen. Rick Santorum will be in attendance.
Romney’s absence appears consistent with the campaign’s strategy in the Hawkeye State thus far – he has only made three trips here this cycle.
During the 2008 campaign where Romney staked his campaign on the state, he also did not attend the Reagan Dinner. The dinner, a GOP fundraiser, will be held Nov. 4 at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. More than 1,000 people attended the dinner last year to hear former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speak.