Donald Trump prevailed Monday night in the Iowa caucus, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that he won “with the largest margin in the history of the first Republican presidential nominating contest, cementing an early victory in his defiant bid to return to the White House.”
The outcome let the air out of any Republican hopes for a non-Trump contender going up against President Biden — then again, the last GOP candidate who won in Iowa and went on to be elected president was George W. Bush in 2004.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in a distant second, and before voting commenced Trump took to Truth Social and appeared to dash all the rumors about third-place finisher Nikki Haley potentially being his running mate while offering a somewhat conciliatory tone toward DeSantis.
“Nikki Haley can never win in the General Election because she doesn’t have MAGA, and never will! Ron DeSanctimonious, at least, is MAGA-Lite,” Trump wrote. “Remember, I think MAGA is almost ALL of the Republican Party. The days of the RINOS and non-AMERICA FIRST candidates are OVER! Nikki is a Globalist RINO, backed by American’s for Chinese Growth, the Charles Koch con job. It’s not going to happen for her, or DeSanctimonious! Vivek Votes are wasted, should come to “TRUMP.” MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
The former president was shilling for votes with the post, of course, given that establishment polling was incorrectly suggesting that Haley would best DeSantis in Iowa.
Almost certainly, someone has been in Trump’s ear after a lot of talk about the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations being his veep, should Trump ultimately be the Republican nominee.
The concerns about Haley being evident in a poll of Iowa voters released late Saturday — a whopping 43 percent of Haley voters said they would support Biden over Trump.
“These new findings from the latest NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of Iowa further illustrate the degree to which Haley is bringing in support from independents, Democrats and Republicans who have been uneasy with Trump’s takeover of the GOP. Fully half of her Iowa caucus supporters are independents or crossover Democrats, according to the survey results,” NBC News reported.
The network added, “The poll also shows three-quarters of caucusgoers believing Trump can defeat Biden despite the former president’s legal challenges. But again, a majority of Haley’s supporters think it will be nearly impossible for Trump to win.”
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