Trump keeps lead as Iowa Republicans prepare for caucuses in brutal cold
Iowa Republicans are gearing up for a chilly Monday evening as they head to the presidential caucuses, with Donald Trump maintaining a solid lead in the race for the party’s nomination. The caucuses, starting at 7 pm CT, kick off the 2024 presidential primary, providing a key indicator of whether Trump’s primary rivals, particularly Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, have made any headway against his strong polling lead.
Despite facing legal challenges with 91 felony counts across four cases, Trump remains ahead in Iowa. The latest Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom poll shows Trump at 48%, a substantial lead of almost 30 points over Haley at 20%, with DeSantis trailing at 16%. Other candidates like Vivek Ramaswamy, Asa Hutchinson, and Ryan Binkley are in single digits.
If the polls hold true, Trump could achieve the largest victory margin in Iowa Republican caucus history, potentially surpassing Bob Dole’s 13-point win in 1988.
There are fears that the rough weather conditions, impacted by a recent blizzard, may influence voter turnout.