Karl Rove raves about Ron DeSantis’ Iowa strategy
Karl Rove. Image via AP.

'We'll see if it works.'

Political commentator Karl Rove is revved up about Ron DeSantis’ Iowa strategy.

During a Tuesday interview on the Fox News Channel’sAmerica’s Newsroom,” the former George W. Bush advisor gave attaboys to the Florida Governor’s all-encompassing approach to the Hawkeye State.

“It appears that DeSantis has adopted what has been a winning strategy in the past. And that is, he’s promised to visit all 99 counties. He’s put a strong emphasis on getting local endorsements and he’s going to have a grassroots army already through his super PAC,” Rove said.

“They knocked on over 100,000 doors of likely caucus goers and they’re going to keep at it. And this kind of strategy has worked before.”

Indeed, DeSantis’ Never Back Down political committee is funneling millions of dollars into the pivotal state, with the ambitious goal of getting backers at every one of the state’s 1,670 precincts.

Rove noted that previous winners of the Iowa Caucus (Mike HuckabeeRick Santorum, and Ted Cruz) all defied early doldrums in the polls to win the caucuses, showing the importance of organization.

“DeSantis has a similar strategy. We’ll see if it works. The last time that somebody who led in the early polls was the winner on caucus night was 2000,” Rove noted.

“It’s a variable state,” Rove said, adding that “they take their job seriously.”

“That’s why they want you to visit their county and visit the county as many times as possible,” Rove added. “It’s why they make up their mind late.”

Iowans will have no shortage of DeSantis in the next couple of days. The Governor will hold a campaign kickoff rally in Clive Tuesday, following up that stop with a four-city swing Wednesday, which will take him to Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Pella, and Cedar Rapids.

Recent Iowa polling suggests DeSantis has ground to make up against Donald Trump, who did not win the caucus in 2016 but did in 2020 with no opposition.

In Dick Morris polling May 23-25, as DeSantis launched his campaign, the Florida Governor was behind Trump in a crowded field, 50% to 25%.

An Emerson College poll released last week shows Trump up 62% to 20%.

A survey released earlier in May by American Greatness, conducted by National Research Inc., finds the former President leading DeSantis, 44% to 26%, in a crowded field of candidates. In a head-to-head matchup, Trump still leads by double digits, 45% to 33%.

In an April Victory Insights poll of 400 likely Iowa caucus participants, Trump led DeSantis 54% to 20% in a crowded field, and 59% to 41% when the field was reduced to just those two candidates.

In a survey conducted by Cygnal for Iowans for Tax Relief, the former President led DeSantis, 37% to 30%. An additional 19% of respondents were undecided, with other candidates struggling for support.

In still another post-Trump indictment poll of the Iowa race, a J.L. Partners survey showed Trump up 41% to 26% in a crowded field.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Michael K

    May 30, 2023 at 10:18 am

    Is Turdblossom still relevant?

    there is a huge difference between caucuses and an actual primary election. It takes time and energy to caucus – where a very small and mostly un-representative sample number of people determine an outcome.

  • Earl Pitts American

    May 30, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Good morning America,
    Karl is like kinda old ya know and initially, a few months back, when Karl came out with his political comments he was kind of like an older bumbling dottard yelling at neighbor kids, “Keep Off My Lawn” and stuff like that.
    I’m sure you all noticed Karl desperatly needed my, Earl Pitts American’s, help to bring him up to 2024 speed and knowledge.
    Well great news America invested some time down at The Golden Years Retirement Facility *disclaimer Golden Years is soley owned and opperated by The EPA Fan Club* bringing Karl up to speed on 2024 issues. Thankfully due to me, Earl Pitts American, you can now trust the wise old wizard of politics when he pontificates on the all critical political issues of the day.
    So America I, Earl Pitts American, hereby fully endorse Karl Rove as America’s Go To Political Commentater. *disclaimer:right below Earl Pitts American*
    So from this historic moment in time forward I, Earl Pitts American, highly recomend all American”s to look for their political direction for 2024 in the wise opinions of two Go-To-Gurus:
    1.) Me, Earl Pitts American
    2.) Karl Rove
    Please be aware this is more than a recomendation. Its an actual indisputable order issued to all American voters mandating your total dependence upon Earl and Karl for your 2024 voting decisions.
    Just to be clear this mandate applies to all persons from all levels and opinions throughout the USA and it’s territories from Conservatives all the way down to Dook 4 Brains Leftists. All shall henceforth defer only to Earl and Karl for which candidate to vote for in 2024.
    Now I know you are all so greatfull to have Earl and Karl providing this vital service so you can get back to whats really important to each and every one of you.
    From this glorious moment forward everyone is free to forget about politics and get back to binge watching endless streaming services, overeating, and nonstop m@sturbation.
    You are welcome America,
    Earl Pitts American

    • Elliott Offen

      May 30, 2023 at 10:23 am

      Nobody reading all that you stupid bstard. Reported to Florida Politics for vandalizing the website with stupidity and gibberish.

      • Earl Pitts American

        May 30, 2023 at 10:28 am

        Thank you Smelliott,
        You are the best at getting America to read and enjoy my. Earl Pitts American’s all critical Nation-Wide drops of sweet sweet knowledge and wisdom.
        Keep up the great work Smelliott,
        Earl Pitts American

        • Elliott Offen

          May 30, 2023 at 12:41 pm

          @Earl Pitts Neo Nazi Russian troll: You need inpatient psychiatric treatment and medicine for every mental health problem that ever existed.

    • Skippy and Sandy

      May 30, 2023 at 10:46 am

      Oh Earl thank you for releiving me and my wife Sandy from the onerous task of deciding who to cast our vote to in 2024. The overly consumimg task has eaten up all of our quality time and meaningfull enjoyment of life itself.
      Now that we have placed the total process in you and Karl’s capable hands we are free to get back to whats truley important.
      FYI Earl we are ordering in breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We are mapping out our upcoming binge watch marathon. And best of all we are n@ked and getting juiced up to do “it” again.
      Thank you Earl and Karl you both have totally given us back whats important in our lives. We highly recomend everyone everywhere trust Earl and Karl with your political decisions and Take Your Life Back.
      Love, Skippy and Sandy

      • Buffys Husband

        May 30, 2023 at 11:03 am

        Thank you Skippy,
        My wife Buffy has been cold and totally uninterested in the pleasures of the flesh ever since the awsome burden of who to vote for fell upon her sholders. I have been frustrated in the bedroom for quite some time now.
        I am going to spring the Earl and Karl political decision making process on her as soon as she gets back from her yoga class.
        Thanks again Skippy,
        Buffy’s Husband

      • Jeff and Linda

        May 30, 2023 at 11:52 am

        Thank you Skippy,
        My wife and I also committed to the Earl and Karl trusted political method and its like a weight lifted off our minds. We live in an HOA near Tampa and Linda is already drawing up plans to transform the weekly political action meetings into the weekly lets get the wives pregnant meetings. Skippy its going to be totally off the chain thanks to you.
        Would you and Sandy be interested in helping us kick off our pregnant meetings? We all owe a lot to you and Sandy and would love for you guys to share our home with us whenever you are in town.
        And lets not forget Earl and Karl who made this all possable by giving us our lives back.
        Thanks Skippy this whole who to vote for thing was putting a strain on our intimancy.

        • LaWanda and Tyrone

          May 30, 2023 at 1:20 pm

          Thanks Jeff and Linda,
          Just a quick note my husband and I also committed to the Earl and Karl method and we are wink wink doing it again too wink wink.

          • Tomeika and Alphonso

            May 30, 2023 at 1:59 pm

            Hey Wanda me and Alpha had probs in bed too till we turned it all over to Earl and Karl. All I can say is its back on again now girl he got me all tired and takin a nap and still bothering me. Of course we are sayin to the fam we votin for biden
            Love ya girl MeekMeek

    • Safety ChecKKK Qearl please

      May 31, 2023 at 6:21 am

      You poor slob

  • Robert and Jennifer

    May 30, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    Hey MeekMeek
    Me and Jen also committed to the Earl and Karl process. Its like the good old days when we were dating once again.
    Me and Jen are white folks and active in the Church so I have to be carefull what I say. But if I could day what you and Alpha said thats what I would say!
    Thanks Rob

    • Dr. Heinz VonWisenshmitd PHD

      May 30, 2023 at 5:02 pm

      Hi everybody I’m Dr. Heinz,
      I have researched the corralation between birth rates and the phenomon of contentous political races for as far back as records allow in both Europe and North America.
      I can tell you these may seem like ancidotal incidents regarding the reported increased libidos after the political stress was lifted by submittimg to the Earl and Karl process but it is totally backed up by my birthrate/contentious political stress research.
      I perdict in around 9 to 10 months there will be a whole lot of baby boys named Earl and Karl born. Of course a lot of Karlas and Earlines will also be born. So this reported friskyness in the bedrooms is not a coincidence at all.
      Dr. Hienz

    • Qanon Is The Party Of Floridiots

      May 31, 2023 at 6:22 am


  • Dont Say FLA

    May 30, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Ron has one big problem with the “knocking on doors” strategy, and it’s Ron. Everybody hates Ron once they meet him Folks only like this generic idea of some guy that’s “Trump but not Trump.” True, Ron is not Trump. He lacks the charisma and class of Trump. Everybody Hates Ron. I hope he knocks on every door in Iowa so every Iowan gets a chance to meet him.

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