The Iowa State Fair is a hotly anticipated event in the Hawkeye State, and last weekend’s fair didn’t disappoint.
President Donald Trump made a grand entrance to the fair last Saturday, where he arrived in style on his personal Boeing 757, Trump Force One, and walked through the fairgrounds with an entourage of security personnel and members of the press.
According to a report from KCCI9 Des Moines, daily attendance for the fair was impressive over the weekend, drawing nearly 120,000 attendees on Saturday when Trump was there, amounting to several thousand more people than in 2022.
Trump told reporters last week at the fair that it was “a beautiful day in Iowa” and referred to the turnout as a “record crowd.”
Although other Republican candidates made appearances at the Iowa State Fair last weekend, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Trump drew overwhelming support from the crowds in Des Moines, posing for photos, buying food for fair-goers, and inviting a crew of America First lawmakers to join him onstage for remarks in the afternoon.
In Iowa, the president is performing exceptionally well ahead of the 2024 Republican Iowa caucuses. According to polling data from The Trafalgar Group, Trump is leading the field of GOP presidential candidates by 26 points, dominating DeSantis, who won 16 percent of support. Popular Republican candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy captured 6 percent of the Iowa vote in the same poll.
This week, MAGA Inc, spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt facetiously remarked, “We highly encourage Ron DeSantis to finish his 99 county tour and meet as many Iowa voters as possible. The more counties that Ron visits, the more his poll numbers fall. Millions of dollars have been wasted trying to salvage the campaign of a candidate who is clearly incapable of connecting with voters. Every dollar burned on Ron DeSantis is also diverted from helping President Trump defeat Joe Biden.”