‘Full Grassley’ on horizon for Ron DeSantis

He's about 80 percent of the way there.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needs to stop by just 19 more Iowa counties before he holds the title of having gone “full Grassley.”

Going “full Grassley” means visiting all of Iowa’s 99 counties before its front-loaded January caucuses — no small feat. And it’s one that longtime Hawkeye Senator Chuck Grassley has historically completed year after year outside of presidential races.

As a winning Republican in a coveted primary state, Grassley’s strategy is naturally a smart path to follow for candidates like DeSantis.

After a stint in New Hampshire, “Ron DeSantis returned to Iowa and hit six new counties,” a DeSantis media update said.

The caucuses, set for January 15, are often considered a bellwether for how primary candidates will fare across the country. Having success in Iowa early might create momentum for other state primaries down the stretch.

While former President Donald Trump appears to hold a commanding lead in Iowa, DeSantis is the consensus next-closest GOP candidate, according to the latest pollsOutperforming the non-Trump candidates, of course, is the best alternative to winning the Hawkeye state.

The DeSantis campaign claims to have 20,000 voter commitments. According to September voter rolls, there are a total of 580,210 active Republican voters in Iowa.

One potential storyline to follow is DeSantis’ most recent defense of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, whom Trump has criticized in the past.

“Republican voters don’t want to see attacks against strong governors like Kim Reynolds,” DeSantis said on the recent return to the Iowa trail. “There’s no reason to be taking potshots, but it’s another indication that Trump views everything through the lens of him. That if you’re kissing his rump, everything is good. If you’re not, he’ll attack. That’s not leadership. Leadership is about what you can do for the people you represent.”

Obviously, an Executive ally in the state could boost DeSantis’ standing with Iowans. That’s especially true if it comes at the expense of Trump.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny is a contributor at floridapolitics.com. He is a graduate of Fordham Law School and Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. Reach him at [email protected].


  • PeterH

    October 15, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Ron DeSantis has been migrating to Iowa for the past three years. At this point he should know every voter’s name and their children’s name?!?!?!

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  • Sonja Fitch

    October 16, 2023 at 6:32 am

    “Kissing his rump” is the EXACT strategy that Desantis is using. Yeah can’t hide Desantis! Your are completely and totally a product of the MAGA rules. Say anything to anybody what they want to hear! Get out Desantis! You ain’t got an original idea or solution! You ain’t no leader!

  • Just woken all the way up now

    October 16, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I wish Rona Santos would move to Iowa permanently. He’s not been a respected Governor in Florida. Every day, a new scandal gets reported about his malpractice and stupidity. He just settled a public records lawsuit on Covid data that was not released and agreed to pay $150000 to Plaintiffs counsel; oh, technically he was not a party to that! How about that 60 Minutes story on his private jets taking migrants to Martha’s Vineyard? Rona is petty and foolish with our tax dollars!

    • Ocean Joe

      October 16, 2023 at 11:21 am

      The 60 minutes story seems to spell big trouble for his two henchwomen. Conspiracy with Keiffer and Uthmeier to complete the deceptive stunt.
      More bad news: those Iowa votes may be polite and listen, but they’re Idiots For Trump, so he’s wasting time.

  • Silly Wabbit

    October 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Full Assley.

  • John Lukes

    October 18, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    When will Desantis visit all Florida counties and do his paid job as governor. Worst inflation in the entire country, no one can get reasonable property insurance or car insurance, and housing costs are skyrocketting but DUH Santis has time to visit all counties of Iowa while he is 40 points down to Trump. What a joke.

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