The Iowa State Fair concluded on Sunday after 11 days of record attendance, larger-than-usual livestock, and a Def Leppard performance.
The fair also featured almost every serious presidential candidate interacting with Iowans and then fulfilling a basic human need: eating various fried foods!
Whether it was a pork-chop-on-a-stick or a deep-fried PB&J, the candidates all earned blue ribbons in consumption.
Here's Jeb Bush, diving into some pork chop on a stick.
He looks like he…tolerates it.
Ben Carson maybe doesn't know what pizza is.
Chris Christie is enjoying his fried peanut butter and jelly.
Hillary Clinton was spied eating a pork chop on a stick, too.
Ted Cruz looks surprised by something in his pork chop.
He's not going to let that stop him, though.
Lindsey Graham may not be polling well, but that won't stop him from attacking some pork.
Mike Huckabee enjoys pork chop, too.
John Kasich is in over his head.
Martin O'Malley did OK, but apparently asked someone if they enjoy See Food.
Rick Perry committed a basic candidate faux pas: Never. Eat. A. Corn Dog.
Let the Photoshop battles begin.
Marco Rubio is focused on his pork sandwich.
Donald Trump wants to make America great again, but first he has to eat this pork chop.
Pork chop tasted, he is now ready to make America great once more.
Scott Walker gets down into it.
So, who got through the state fair unscathed?
Jim Webb did.
Rick Santorum, too. He poured himself a beer at one point though.
Bobby Jindal played it safe.
Lincoln Chafee, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, and Rand Paul didn't attend.
Carly Fiorina operated the grill for a while, but either didn't eat anything or was able to avoid getting her picture taken when chewing. She did have what appears to be a huge lemonade.
Sadly, there are no photos of Bernie Sanders eating that we could find. He dabbed sweat off his forehead plenty of times—after eating too much?—but was not photographed going to town on any sort of meat-on-a-stick. We thought you were chill, Senator!
Congratulations to the pork industry.
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