The march to the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination starts….
Most people think Donald Trump owns the prize…..
(Some Democrats are praying that he does get it)
The sweepstakes contestants have dropped down to a scant few, mainly Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis….
Trump & Co. are hopping for a blow out win the settle the spot right away….
The weather could also be a factor….
It’s brutal there….
The big wildcard is the weather, with snow blanketing the state and temperatures in Des Moines forecast to range from a low of minus 19 degrees to a high of minus 1 degree.
“Nobody can predict what the electorate is going to look like tomorrow,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told reporters at a campaign stop in Dubuque on Sunday.
Still, virtually everyone expects former President Trump to win.
Trump leads by 35 points in the Iowa polling average maintained by The Hill and Decision Desk HQ (DDHQ). The final, highly respected Des Moines Register poll, released Saturday evening, put Trump up by 28 points.
But Trump’s final push for an overwhelming victory has been disrupted by the weather conditions, forcing the cancellation of three of the four rallies he had planned for the final weekend of campaigning.
In the one rally that did go ahead, in Indianola, Trump urged his supporters to caucus as if “we’re one point down.”
That remark reflected a fear of complacency among the Trump team….
The Haley campaign amplified a new poll released Sunday, from CBS News/YouGov, which showed the former ambassador defeating President Biden by a bigger margin than either Trump or DeSantis. The poll showed Haley beating President Biden by eight points whereas Trump and DeSantis had advantages of just two points and three points, respectively.
Haley these days gives a stump speech almost by rote, which includes reminders that Republicans have lost the popular vote in seven of the last eight presidential elections and that they should not suffer through another “nail biter” this year.
However, the efforts by Haley and DeSantis to assail Trump on grounds of electability have been undermined by Biden’s low approval ratings. …
But, for all the candidates, it’s getting to the point when their outcome lurches out of their control. Instead, their fates will be in the hands of Iowans making their way to 1,567 caucus sites on Monday evening…..
Results sites …(RRH Elections)