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Trump wins Iowa caucuses in landslide

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the American First Policy Institute's America First Agenda summit at the Marriott Marquis on July 26, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
January 16, 2024

Former President Donald Trump won the Iowa Caucuses in a landslide on Monday, securing roughly 51% of the vote in the first 2024 Republican presidential contest.

According to Decision Desk HQ, Trump secured 51% of the vote in Iowa. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finished in second place with 21.3% of the vote, while former South Carolina Governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley finished in third place with 19.1% of the vote.

Vivek Ramaswamy finished in fourth place with just 7.7% of the vote. The entrepreneur and political outsider announced the suspension of his campaign after Monday night’s results and endorsed Trump for president.

In a victory speech at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Trump said, “We want to thank the great people of Iowa.” During his speech, Trump congratulated his Republican opponents, suggesting that each of the presidential candidates performed “very well” on Monday.

Throughout Monday night’s victory speech, the former president highlighted the importance of Americans from all political backgrounds uniting behind his campaign for the presidency. “We’re going to come together,” he said. “It’s going to happen soon.”

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Trump held a commanding lead in the polls throughout the Iowa Caucuses campaign, dominating his Republican rivals by over 30 points in multiple pulls.

According to The Daily Wire, 40 delegates will be awarded from the Iowa Caucuses, with the delegates being awarded proportionally to the various candidates based on Monday’s performance.

In order to secure the Republican nomination for November’s presidential election, a Republican candidate will be required to win 1,215 delegates out of the estimated 2,429 delegates across the 50 states and five U.S. territories, according to 270 To Win.

In a statement obtained by The Hill, Alex Pfeiffer, communications director for Make America Great Again Inc., a pro-Trump super PAC, said, “The people of Iowa sent a clear message tonight: Donald Trump will be the next Republican nominee for President. It’s now time to make him the next President of the United States.”

The next Republican presidential contest will be held next week, as New Hampshire voters will have the opportunity to participate in the first primary election.