03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

McCain, Giuliani Skip Iowa

DES MOINES --- GOP presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain might be throwing parties for their supporters in Iowa Friday, but neither is expected to be in the state when the returns for Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses roll in.

A spokeswoman said McCain will be on the campaign trail in New Hampshire Thursday night instead, the state where he has focused much of this campaign. A party for his supporters will still held at a banquet hall in downtown Des Moines.

Instead of Giuliani himself, campaign manger Mike DuHaime will be at Giuliani's campaign headquarters in the Des Moines suburb of Clive on caucus night.

Giuliani's public schedule shows him attending a rally in Florida on Thursday afternoon.

Both candidates also skipped the Republican Party of Iowa's straw poll in August, the marquee event for GOP candidates competing in the caucuses.