Former President Donald Trump leads in Iowa above all the other 2024 GOP presidential candidates in the final poll before Monday’s first-in-nation caucus, where Americans cast their first presidential votes for 2024.
The Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom poll released Saturday night found Trump has support of 48% of the likely caucus voters compared to 20% for former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and 16% for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Leaving nothing for granted, Trump delivered a message by video over the weekend telling his supporters that he will show up in Iowa. Haley and DeSantis are already on the ground campaigning. Surrogates for all candidates are engaged as well.
“Our grassroots supporters have put us in position to win, and now we have to show up to caucus for President Trump on Monday and get the job done. We have to show up,” the former president encouraged his supporters.
Trump’s supporters are loyal and are expected to show up, but the weather will be a major factor as it always is.
Former President, then Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter in 1976, literally put the significance of the Iowa caucuses on the map, when he came out of no where in second place behind the first choice of not choosing any candidate, creating the signature of “Jimmy Who?”
Carter's candidacy was in the wake of the Nixon Watergate scandal. Carter was a Georgia peanut farmer, who related to the plight of other Iowa farmers even though he was unknown on the national stage at the time.
"I think to be disassociated with the horrible bureaucratic mess that exists in Washington right now is a political advantage. I think to have had a broad range of experience professionally is an advantage. I'm a farmer. I'm a full-time farmer. If I can exemplify what the American people would like to see in their president, then I'll be elected. If I can't meet those high demands, and I hope they are high, I don't deserve to be president,” said Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter back in those days.
Jimmy Carter was a surprise to many in the national political press corps at that time that a nationally unknown governor was embraced by the voter. Many journalists interviewed him without large crowds initially, but the press corps gave Carter the due he deserved by putting the Iowa caucuses on the map.
By the 1980 presidential race, the networks then - CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS - were turning hotel bedroom suites at the refurbished Savoy Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa into anchor booths. Bathrooms were transformed into editing rooms.
Forty-three years later, all eyes are on Iowa’s engaged voters for the first votes counted in the 2024 presidential election.
A blizzard is in motion this weekend and expected on Monday, when temperatures are predicted to reach way below zero.
No one’s votes counts in Iowa’s caucuses unless the voters show up so the weather will be a factor this year for the turnout for sure.
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