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Republican contenders seek to challenge Trump’s Iowa triumph in New Hampshire; Whats Next?

United States: Republican contenders seeking to prevent former President of the United States – Donald Trump from being the party’s White House nominee travel to New Hampshire on Tuesday, a week before the nominating contest, following the ex-president’s historic win in Iowa.

Trump won more than half of the votes in Iowa on Monday, setting up a close and bitter election campaign against Democrat Joe Biden.

Main Challengers

The two competitors have significantly divergent ideas on a number of crucial topics, including ties with NATO members overseas, economic and fiscal policies, abortion rights, and immigration at home.

Republicans Ron De Santis and Nikki Haley | Credits: AP Photo

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 45, finished second in Iowa, just ahead of former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, 51, who finished third.

New Hampshire Showdown

Haley, who has previously stated that New Hampshire voters can “correct” the Iowa result, is polling second to Trump in the state, with DeSantis trailing well behind.

“Underestimate me because that’s always fun. I love you, Iowa, but we’re on to New Hampshire,” Haley told supporters on Monday night.

The northeastern state is well-known for its moderate, libertarian-oriented Republicanism.

Furthermore, the primary contest in New Hampshire is “semi-open,” which allows voters who are not registered with any party to participate, potentially rewarding moderate candidates.

Haley’s Aggressive Campaign

Haley has campaigned aggressively in New Hampshire, while DeSantis has focused significantly on Iowa, hoping to capitalize on this.

Republican Representative – Nikki Haley | Credits: Getty Images

On Tuesday, Haley was scheduled to hold a rally in northern New Hampshire with state Governor Chris Sununu, who has endorsed her. 

DeSantis is expected to hold a town hall gathering, and Trump will deliver remarks at a country club in the southeast.

Trump, 77, is the only current or former president to face criminal charges, yet he won by an unprecedented margin in an Iowa Republican election, bolstering his contention that his nomination is a fair conclusion given his enormous lead in national polls.

According to Edison Research, he received 51% support, DeSantis 21%, and Haley 19%, with 99% of the predicted votes counted. That victory margin greatly exceeded Bob Dole’s previous record of 12.8 percentage points in 1988.

Trump hopes to speed up the normally months-long Republican nomination process by winning a string of strong early primary victories and forcing out his opponents.

“Extreme MAGA Republicans”

In response to the Iowa results on X, Biden attempted to cast the November election as a war against “extreme MAGA Republicans,” a reference to Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan, and urged supporters to donate to his re-election bid.

Trump erroneously claims that his 2020 election defeat to Biden was the result of extensive fraud, and if elected again, he has promised to punish his political opponents and impose higher tariffs on imports.

He has also promised to end the Ukraine-Russia conflict in 24 hours but has not specified how.

He has faced criticism for his increasingly dictatorial tone, including remarks that undocumented immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country.”

Nonetheless, his performance in Iowa demonstrated his continued popularity among Republican voters, even after his supporters’ Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol and his 91 criminal charges for attempting to overturn the 2020 election, retaining classified documents, and falsifying records over hush money payments to a porn star.

Trump’s Legal Woes and Dictatorial Tone

Trump has used his legal troubles to generate funds and gain support, protesting his innocence and claiming to be the victim of a “witch hunt.” He leads Republicans by 37 points, according to the most recent nationwide Reuters/Ipsos survey.

Nearly two-thirds of Iowa caucus-goers supported his phony accusations about voter fraud in 2020, claiming Biden did not legally defeat Trump.

Trump faces four charges, raising the unusual threat of a president being convicted or even serving time in prison, with the courts almost definitely intervening at every point.

“Absent a quick consolidation of the field, Trump appears to be on a fast track to the nomination,” said Jimmy Centers, an Iowa-based Republican strategist.

DeSantis Struggles Post-Iowa

“We’ve got our ticket punched out of Iowa!” DeSantis addressed supporters in West Des Moines on Monday.

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis | Credits: Reuters

However, DeSantis’ campaign is in peril, and he faces future financial issues after failing to make a breakthrough performance in Iowa despite heavy campaigning there.

Iowans braved life-threatening temperatures to attend the state’s first-in-the-nation caucus, formally kicking off the 2024 presidential campaign following months of debates and demonstrations.

“Trump is very narcissistic, very cocky, but he’s going to get stuff done,” said Rita Stone, 53, a Trump supporter who attended a caucus at a West Des Moines high school.

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