Trump Delivers Epic Failure in Iowa
Trump should’ve won by enough to end his rivals' campaigns. He didn’t.
49% of Republicans who took part in the Iowa caucus chose someone other than Trump. That should be the headline that is blasted everywhere.
Trump is supposed to have a stranglehold on the votes in the GOP, but in Iowa it became evident he absolutely does not.
Let me remind everyone that just because Trump won the Iowa GOP Caucus, it does not mean that he will be the nominee come November. In 2016 Senator Ted Cruz took the win, in 2012 it was Fmr. Senator Rick Santorum who pulled off an upset and in 2008 Mike Huckabee won it. None of these candidates went on to be the nominee.
Even though it was bitter cold weather, there was a clear assumption that Trump would run away with it. But two other flailing candidates Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis won over 40% of the caucus. This is an epic failure for Trump.
President Biden even weighed in on Trump’s win in Iowa saying: “I don’t think it means anything … (Trump) got 50-some-thousand votes, the lowest number of votes anybody who’s won (Iowa) got.”
These die-hard Republican voters were willing to brave the freezing temperatures. So it should be even more concerning to Trump that out of a core 15% of registered Republicans in Iowa, nearly half of those did not choose him!
Trump folks can spin it in any way they want, but the bottom line is this: even though Trump won in Iowa, it was an epic failure. Especially in Trump’s mind. The two candidates who took votes away from him used to loyally do his bidding. Now they’re taking votes away from him.
No doubt Trump thought he would walk away with more than 51%, as conveyed by his demeanor in his low-energy victory speech.
Even with some of his support starting to fade, I still believe Trump will sadly be the Republican nominee. And I also believe President Biden will beat Trump, again. Like he did in 2020.
However, no matter what any of us think will happen this election cycle, Iowa makes little difference in confirming or denying our assumptions. We will know more as the primary calendar progresses. As the orange monster says, “we’ll see what happens.”