Trump leads everyone 45 days out from the Iowa caucus

by Alex Caldwell

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With 45 days remaining until the Iowa caucus, 45th President Donald Trump’s popularity across the crucial state remains unmatched ahead of the nation’s first presidential contest.

Trump’s lead in recent polls shows that he is poised to win the caucus by a wide margin against his other opponents, like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, who have seemingly battled for a distant second place.

DeSantis has polled most closely to Trump in Iowa and has ramped up campaign appearances in the state, hoping to pull off an upset, though he has still faltered in the face of the president’s overwhelming support.

In 2023, the governor has reportedly stopped roughly 130 times in Iowa, per Fox News, and even scored an endorsement from Iowa’s GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds. However, he has still struggled to capture the hearts of voters.

In contrast, the 45th president has only stopped roughly 20 times and continues to hold a wide lead over his primary opponents. As the nation watches, Trump’s performance in Iowa will undoubtedly shape the course for all remaining primary contests.

A recent survey from Iowa St./Civiqs of 432 likely caucusgoers found that 54 percent of Iowa GOP voters would support Trump’s 2024 candidacy, indicating his strong hold within the Republican Party.

Meanwhile, DeSantis narrowly edged out Haley, garnering just 18 percent support against Haley’s 12 percent.

Other contenders, including businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, placed in third with six percent, while former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie trailed, taking three percent support among the state’s caucus voters.

S.C. Sen. Tim Scott, who dropped out of the race on Nov. 12, received two percent, N.D. Gov. Doug Burgum took just one percent, and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson scored zero percent despite still being in the race.

With Iowa’s caucus scheduled for Jan. 15, 2024, Trump has intensified his campaign efforts throughout the state in recent weeks. Leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of victory, Trump will make two campaign stops in Iowa on Saturday.

Trump will deliver remarks to a Team Trump Iowa Commit to Caucus Event in Ankeny at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and will then speak to supporters in Cedar Rapids at 4:00 p.m. ET the same day.

Following Iowa’s GOP caucus, Trump carries his massive lead to the general election against Joe Biden, leading his opponent by double-digits in pre-election polling.

According to Real Clear Politics’ polling average, the 45th president leads Biden by an average of 10 points in the state, a wider margin than his eight-point victory in the state in 2020.

Trump also carried Iowa in 2016 by nearly 10 points against Hillary Clinton, a 15-point swing from Barack Obama in 2012.

Join RSBN for all-day coverage of Trump’s Iowa events beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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