Donald Trump was projected as the winner in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses on Monday night, but it wasn’t clear yet who had scored second place.
Trump has enjoyed big leads for months in most polls of the early states, so a main focus for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation voting has been who would get second — and how close that candidate could get to the former president.
Ahead of Monday’s voting in Iowa, Trump was looking on track for a victory as he had support above 50% in polls focused on the state, while GOP rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis were in the teens. That’s according to a RealClearPolitics moving average for Iowa polls.
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New Hampshire’s Jan. 23 Republican primary has been expected to be a closer contest, especially after former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie left the 2024 presidential race last week. Christie, a vocal Trump critic, didn’t have much traction in Iowa, but he had been attracting about 11% support in New Hampshire, putting him in third place there, according to RCP’s average. Adding his support to the 29% that Haley has been getting in the Granite State might put her total near Trump’s 44%.
Other key steps in the race to become the GOP challenger to President Joe Biden, the prohibitive Democratic Party favorite, include South Carolina’s Feb. 24 Republican primary and the Super Tuesday primaries on March 5, when more than a dozen states are scheduled to vote.
Trump’s economic proposals for a second term include a 10% tariff on all imports, making another attempt to end Obamacare
and addressing student debt by launching a free online college called the American Academy.
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