The engine is started. According to American media forecasts, former US President Donald Trump won the Republican primary in Iowa on the evening of November 15, the first step on the road to the November presidential election.
According to CNN and CBS, she is leading Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis in this midwestern state's caucuses, cementing her status as the right-wing favorite for the presidency.
At 7 p.m. local time Monday, Republican voters gathered at Iowa schools, libraries and fire stations for campaign rallies. After a prayer and recitation of the traditional Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag, representatives of the candidates gave a speech in support of their favorite before participants wrote down their choice on a piece of paper.
For the first time since leaving office, Donald Trump, a four-time criminal indictment, faced the voters' verdict. The result confirms the trend given by the polls, according to which he has an unprecedented lead over his opponents with almost 50% voting intention.
“We Will Win”
The bitter cold affecting Iowa did not dampen the spirits of his supporters. The state was hit by a blizzard and the thermometer was expected to be close to -30°C during the polls, with icy roads.
“We Will Win”, Donald Trump predicted to his supporters. The 77-year-old president wants to knock out all competition within the Grand Old Party at all costs to ensure his victory before the start of his investigations, some of which put him at risk of jail.
Starting next week, a highly organized ballet of primaries will take candidates to New Hampshire before each of the fifty states vote until June. In their view, the National Convention in July will officially nominate the Republican presidential nominee.
The other big issue in this crucial vote in Iowa was a second-place win. For now, media projections suggest Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are battling it out. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, the only woman running for office, has gained in recent polls. The fifty-year-old is the new darling of the right, particularly admired by business circles.
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As for Florida's governor, Ron DeSantis, a forty-year-old conservative with shocking positions on immigration or abortion, he bet everything on Iowa, traveling to each of the 99 counties in recent months. “I'm asking you to come out, brave the cold, and support me during the Iowa caucuses.”he told his supporters on Monday morning.
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