Trump Campaign Blows Past DeSantis in Iowa
Donald Trump’s campaign is ramping up its efforts in Iowa with the aim of dealing a significant blow to Florida
Donald Trump’s campaign is ramping up its efforts in Iowa with the aim of dealing a significant blow to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid and sending a clear message to other contenders to step aside.
Trump, who has made seven visits to Iowa this year, is set to host a “Team Trump Caucus Commitment” organizing event with campaign volunteers at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa. He will also deliver remarks at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque this Wednesday. Additional visits to Iowa are planned for the first half of October and the final days of the month.
The campaign is bolstering its efforts by bringing in Alex Meyer, formerly of the RNC’s political data team, as a senior adviser focusing on both Iowa and Missouri.
In conjunction with Trump’s increased presence, a pro-DeSantis PAC is conducting an aggressive advertising campaign in Iowa. MAGA Inc., the super PAC supporting Trump, is investing over $700,000 in advertising this week in the state. The Trump campaign is focusing on educating and training Trump supporters on the caucus process, with over 27,500 signed caucus pledge cards and 1,500 local volunteers in Iowa.
While Trump maintains a substantial lead over DeSantis in state polls—around 30 points—some experts believe that the lead may not be as significant as it seems. The Trump campaign aims to solidify its position in Iowa, recognizing the importance of momentum and trajectory in the run-up to the caucuses.
Trump’s increased activity in Iowa coincides with his rivals’ efforts to gain ground in the state, which has become an increasingly challenging battleground as Trump maintains a dominant national and state polling lead. Iowa Republicans familiar with the caucuses emphasize the significance of post-Labor Day momentum in the race.