(Patriot.Buzz) – In an astounding feat cementing his frontrunner status in the presidential nomination race, former President Donald Trump emerged victorious in the initial GOP voting showdown of 2024 after securing a commanding lead in Iowa.
Despite facing historically extreme weather conditions, the people of Iowa demonstrated their unwavering support for Trump, pushing him one step closer to clinching the GOP nomination for the 2024 presidential race.
According to The Associated Press, Trump secured 51% of the vote, overshadowing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who received 21.2%, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who garnered 19.1%.
In a statement to FOX News, a visibly pleased Trump remarked, “It really is an honor that, minutes after, they’ve announced I’ve won—against very credible competition—great competition, actually. It is a tremendous thing and a tremendous feeling. We have to get our country back. Our country has gone through so many bad things over the last three years and it is continuing to go through bad things.”
Despite Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ endorsement of DeSantis in November, Trump claimed victory in the state. Reynolds has previously expressed doubts about the former president’s ability to win a general election against Joe Biden.
Andrew Romeo, a spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign, decried the early calls declaring Trump as the winner. He labeled the calls as “absolutely outrageous” and accused the media of meddling in the election by announcing results before thousands of Iowans could cast their votes. He claimed that the media exhibited a clear bias in favor of Trump, asserting that this was the most glaring instance of bias.
A recent poll in Iowa revealed that 61% of respondents affirmed that they would back Trump even if convicted in any of his trials. In comparison, 20% indicated that their support for the former president would actually increase if he faced conviction.
During the campaign cycle, Trump adopted a somewhat different strategy than his fellow contenders, hosting a relatively modest number of events, totaling only 13 since November, according to NBC News.
Both DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy embarked on what is commonly known as the “full Grassley,” visiting all 99 counties in Iowa—a tradition named after Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who makes this journey annually.
In national polls, Trump currently maintains an average approval rating of 61%, with an approximate 44% average rating in the upcoming primary contest in New Hampshire, as per RealClearPolitics.