Donald Trump left no doubt that the GOP presidential nomination is his for the taking.
The first vote was bad news for Joe Biden and the Democrats.
And Donald Trump just set this record in a victory that had him grinning from ear-to-ear.
Donald Trump set a record for most votes, highest vote percentage, and largest margin of victory by crushing his opponents in the 2024 Iowa Caucus.
Despite historic cold temperatures, Trump won 51 percent of the vote in a dominating victory that left his GOP opponents grasping for any reason to continue on with their campaigns.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hung his hat on a weak second place showing, finishing 30 points behind Trump, as his rationale to move forward to New Hampshire.
DeSantis claimed the fact that he was able to beat out RINO former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for the number two spot in Iowa, despite Haley spending the most money against him out of any candidate, meant he could soldier on.
“They threw everything but the kitchen sink at us,” DeSantis stated.
“Because of your support, in spite of all of that that they threw at us, everyone against us, we’ve got our ticket punched out of Iowa,” DeSantis added.
But DeSantis is polling in the single digits in New Hampshire and third place in South Carolina, behind Haley.
It’s difficult to see how he can grow his support in the wake of Trump’s victory in Iowa. Trump cleaned up with women, college-educated voters, and suburbanites – three groups any challenger needed to consolidate if they had any prayer of turning this into a competitive race against Trump.
For her part, Haley claimed her dismal third place showing meant the race was now a one-on-one contest between her and Trump.
“When you look at how we’re doing in New Hampshire, in South Carolina, and beyond, I can safely say tonight Iowa made this Republican primary a two-person race,” Haley claimed.
But Haley received her strongest support from Democrats and moderates.
CBS News' @tonydokoupil reports from a precinct in Johnston, Iowa, where some registered Democrats filled out forms to switch to the Republican Party to participate in the caucus: "They ran out of those forms."— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 16, 2024
"This room was in favor of Nikki Haley." pic.twitter.com/BapNjVGxdh
But no one is winning the GOP nomination with Democrats as the pillar of your campaign.
For his part, Donald Trump said it’s time for the party to close ranks and focused his victory speech on a general election message, telling voters he would seal the border and unleash America’s energy production to solve Joe Biden’s border and inflation crisis.
President Trump in Iowa: “We’re going to come together… we’re going to drill baby, drill… We’re going to seal up the border.” pic.twitter.com/tUgT4rYPua— MAGA War Room (@MAGAIncWarRoom) January 16, 2024
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