Trump Sends Warning Message with Commanding Victory in Iowa Caucus

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 01/15/2024
With his commanding victory in the first nomination contest in Iowa in very cold weather, former President Donald Trump has sent a warning message to President Joe Biden and his rivals in the Republican primary of 2024. The Associated Press declared Trump the victor of the first-in-the-nation nomination race only thirty-one minutes after the caucuses started. It's a race for second place.

Profiting from his quasi-incumbency, Trump steered clear of the conventional retail politicking that Iowans are renowned for, while governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley smirked and clasped hands throughout the state. However, in contrast to his 2016 campaign, he used a more conventional ground strategy, which, when combined with sporadic rallies, well-known supporters, and a court appearance, helped him secure an early victory ahead of Biden in the general election.

"Tonight, the people of Iowa sent a clear message: Donald Trump will be the next Republican nominee for president," said Alex Pfeiffer, director of communications for Make America Great Again Inc., a pro-Trump political action committee. "It's time to designate him as the United States' next president."

In an attempt to build momentum before New Hampshire, Trump played the expectations game in Iowa, downplaying his chances of winning the state by more than 50% of the vote as a once-in-a-decade cold spell turned the state into a political snow globe. Rather, he favored drawing parallels with the late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), who set the previous record in 1988 by almost 13 percentage points. In the meanwhile, his rivals—DeSantis foremost—must now consider how to advance to the nomination.

Kristie Jacobe had anticipated that Trump would "dominate" in the last weeks leading up to the caucuses. She and her husband had traveled almost three hours to hear Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speak at a Trump rally in Keokuk.

"People found it interesting to hear what I refer to as truth—that is, unadulterated emotion and unfiltered feelings,” said the St. Charles small company owner, 45. "Instead of telling you what they wanted you to hear, they preferred that."

Tobe Kelsey, 47, said that "people want a change" and similarly projected a "big turnout" for Trump after his event in Newton last weekend. 

The Newton home care provider said, "It's clear that we're not going in the right direction, and people have seen both sides: 'Who is it that's doing more for us?'" “We can believe Trump is going to do something because he already has. He has positively shown himself to us.

Eric Trump emphasized the same discontent in a previous interview, adding the complaints of his family about the "weaponization of government." However, Republican senatorial candidate from Arizona, Kari Lake, made a stronger argument for the elder Trump by highlighting his accomplishments in Iowa, especially with regard to his foreign, energy, and economic policies. 

“The people of Iowa do know President Trump,” Lake stated. They are aware of the amazing things he accomplished for the state. President Trump, in contrast to Joe Biden, safeguarded the first-in-the-nation caucuses. That’s big for our state. This is where I grew up. The Iowa Caucuses are very important. New Hampshire will have its primary election on January 23 in order to continue the presidential contest. There, Haley trails Trump by around 14 points in the Granite State polls, despite having the support of Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH).


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