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Trump wins comfortably in Iowa Caucuses; DeSantis ran second, Haley third

by | Jan 16, 2024

By Dave Andrusko

After former president Donald Trump decisively defeated Florida Gov. DeSantis and former South Carolina Nikki Haley, you would expect—and you would be right—that reporters would tally the many “lessons” coming out of the Iowa caucuses. “Five” was the descriptor of choice. For example, the influential Des Moines Register wrote “5 things we learned from Donald Trump’s landslide victory in the 2024 Iowa Caucuses.”

Monday’s weather was brutal. Reporting for the Register, under the headline “The coldest caucuses in Iowa history,” Nicole Fallert wrote

Iowans experienced life-threatening wind chills as low as minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the state is under a windchill warning into Tuesday.

As a result “only” about 110,000 people participated as opposed to nearly 187,000 in 2016. But given the temperatures, that was a remarkable turnout.

The result could not have gone much better for Mr. Trump. He won 98 of Iowa’s 99 counties, in the process winning 51% with DeSantis edging out Haley for second place, 21% to 19%. Trump “won men, women, older voters and younger voters, and improving on his 2016 performance with all of these groups,” according to ABC News

The New York Times ran with “5 Takeaways From Trump’s Runaway Victory in the Iowa Caucuses.” Nate Cohn, the New York Times’ Chief political analyst, wrote

Not only did he win in a landslide anyway, but his 30-point margin of victory set a record for a contested Iowa Republican caucus.

Better still for Trump, neither DeSantis nor Haley posted a strong second-place showing that might have bestowed clear momentum for future races. If anything, DeSantis’s second-place finish might dampen Haley’s momentum heading into New Hampshire.

Iowa will have 40 delegates to the Republican National Convention. (They are divided among the candidates.)

“New Hampshire, whose January 23 primary is the next scheduled contest, contains only 22 delegates,” The Catholic Vote reported. “Meanwhile, 874 delegates are set to be awarded on March 5 – a day dubbed ‘Super Tuesday,’ when primaries in several more populous states are scheduled.”

Categories: Donald Trump