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US Election 2024: Donald Trump wins Iowa Presidential Primaries with a Large Margin

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Ex-President Donald Trump during a campaign

Former US President and 2024 Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump demonstrated Monday night that it’s still his Republican Party. The former president won the Iowa Republican caucuses by an unprecedented margin, kickstarting his bid to win his party’s third consecutive presidential nomination. He did so despite skipping the GOP primary debates and eschewing the retail politicking grind typically demanded by Hawkeye State voters.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis edged out former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for a distant second-place finish — though the nominating contest now shifts to New Hampshire, where polls show Haley in a much stronger position in next week’s primary.

Here are some key takeaways from the Iowa GOP caucuses:

“Very smart, very capable people” As he celebrated his historic victory Monday night in Des Moines, Trump scrapped his usual nicknames and insults for his Republican rivals. He congratulated DeSantis, Haley and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy for their performances and described all three as “very smart people, very capable people.” But his message to his primary opponents couldn’t have been clearer: It’s time to get out and get on board. Already the Republican field has further narrowed: Ramaswamy, who finished fourth Monday night, ended his campaign and immediately endorsed the former president.

It’s a three-person race — But Trump is well ahead of the rest With the former president topping 50% of the vote in Iowa, and neither DeSantis nor Haley separating themselves and delivering a definitive second-place finish, Republicans were no closer to the one-on-one Trump-versus-somebody primary race that eluded the party in 2016 and hasn’t come to fruition this year, either. Speaking to supporters after Trump had taken his victory lap, Haley and DeSantis both vowed to continue their campaigns.

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Trump remains hard to beat Entrance polls showed the breadth of Trump’s support across the GOP’s key constituencies. Fifty-three percent of White evangelical Christians backed Trump, to DeSantis’ 27% and Haley’s 13% — figures that underscore why Trump is the heavy favorite in South Carolina – where evangelicals make up a huge share of the party’s primary electorate – even though it’s Haley’s home state. College graduates split somewhat evenly between Trump, Haley and DeSantis. But Trump dominated those without a college degree, with 67% support.


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