Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick and gives a thumbs up sign to fairgoers while campaigning at the Iowa State Fair on August 15 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick and gives a thumbs up sign to fairgoers while campaigning at the Iowa State Fair on August 15 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

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The road to The White House runs through the Iowa State Fair and is lined with cholesterol.  

To win Iowa, Ted Cruz makes bacon with a machine gun

Butter cows, corn dogs, beer, pork and the candidates are what Iowa voters expect to see. This year's presidential hopefuls did not disappoint. 

In fact, they proved there is no graceful way to eat a pork chop on a stick.

Ted Cruz knows the pork vote is so important in Iowa that he made bacon with a machine gun. However, he is not scheduled to speak at the Iowa State Fair until August 21

Meat appears to be a key part of winning votes in Iowa — could a vegetarian be elected to the highest office in America? 

Watch the campaign of Dr. Ben Carson, a long-time vegetarian, to find out. 

If this collection of photos is any sort of proof of what the voters' want, vegetables don't appear to make the cut: 

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Aug. 14, 2015. Long a top venue for presidential campaigners, the Iowa State Fair has taken on even more importance this year as the straw poll fades away. In 2015, nearly every major candidate will put an appearance at the 11-day event.

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Aug. 14, 2015. Long a top venue for presidential campaigners, the Iowa State Fair has taken on even more importance this year as the straw poll fades away. In 2015, nearly every major candidate will put an appearance at the 11-day event.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, eats a deep fried candy bar during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey, left, looks on. 

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, eats a deep fried candy bar during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey, left, looks on. 

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Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad eat a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair.

Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad eat a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair.

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Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks with Chris McLinden, of Waukee, Iowa, left.

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks with Chris McLinden, of Waukee, Iowa, left.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, throws a baseball on the midway during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, throws a baseball on the midway during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

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Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a Pork Chop on a Stick and a lemonade.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a Pork Chop on a Stick and a lemonade.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves a pork chop stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton leaves a pork chop stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday.

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Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton eats a Pork Chop on a Stick.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton eats a Pork Chop on a Stick.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets Des Moines businessman Bill Knapp, right, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 15.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton greets Des Moines businessman Bill Knapp, right, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 15.

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Former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum works the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

Former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum works the grill at the Iowa Pork Producers tent during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

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Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders greets supporters at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage and touring the fairgrounds.

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders greets supporters at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage and touring the fairgrounds.

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Democratic presidential hopeful and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, takes a selfie in front of the Butter Cow with his children Grace, left, and William during the Iowa State Fair.

Democratic presidential hopeful and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, center, takes a selfie in front of the Butter Cow with his children Grace, left, and William during the Iowa State Fair.

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Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee samples a pork chop while visiting the Iowa Port Tent at the Iowa State Fair.

Republican presidential candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee samples a pork chop while visiting the Iowa Port Tent at the Iowa State Fair.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair Saturday.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump eats a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa State Fair Saturday.

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