Karl Rove now says Ron DeSantis needs a ‘very strong second’ in Iowa
Karl Rove. Image via AP.

Meanwhile, Trump needs to shed support.

Winning isn’t everything in the Iowa caucuses, says Karl Rove.

Nor is it the only thing when it comes to the Florida Governor who hopes to truncate his second term to lead the Free World instead of just the Free State of Florida.

For Gov. Ron DeSantis, a “very strong second place finish” coupled with whittling away at Donald Trump’s lead in the Hawkeye State polls would be enough to give him some momentum beyond Jan. 15.

The former George W. Bush advisor told Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Tuesday that DeSantis “needs to come roaring out of Iowa with either an outright win or a very strong second place finish” with “Donald Trump below where he is today in the Iowa poll at 43 (%).”

Rove had previously made news for calling Iowa “do or die” for DeSantis, particularly in light of key endorsements from faith leader Bob Vander Plaats and Gov. Kim Reynolds. He said on another Fox hit on Saturday that if DeSantis “comes in third in Iowa, it’s very problematic for him because it doesn’t get better for him in the next two sets of contests.”

Prior to that, Rove said that Nikki Haley had likely eclipsed DeSantis, saying that “Haley’s probably a few points ahead of him” as of Nov. 14.

Polling shows Trump with a strong plurality of support at least.

The Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll conducted late last month showed DeSantis and Haley tied at 16%, with Trump at 43%.

That survey’s results were effectively corroborated by a Trafalgar Group survey conducted Nov. 3-5, in which Trump’s 44% support is more than the aggregate backing for DeSantis (18%), Haley (15%) and Tim Scott (9%), who has since exited the presidential race.

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

    November 28, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Thus spake Turd Blossom. Not sure what “strong second” means but it all sounds more like the impossible dream.

  • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political--Guru" American

    November 28, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Good evening America,
    What Karl is trying to hint at is that Karl is a big fan of me, Earl Pitts American, and he knows my, Earl Pitts American’s, sage wisdom to always be 99.99% spot on.
    So to all you deniers of me, Earl Pitts American, I think it’s pretty clear that I, Earl Pitts American, have been 100% correct all along about Ron “The Ronald” DeSantis being our next POTUS for the next 8 (EIGHT) years.
    You can apologize to me, Earl Pitts American, now or wait until later it matters not to me.
    Earl Pitts “I Was Correct All Along” American,

    • Ocean Joe

      November 29, 2023 at 4:37 am

      Lowering expectations is not a good sign, Earl. You would have done a better job for Ron than the Never Back Down folks and whoever else has taken him from having a good shot to where he is now. All good things come to those who wait, to quote Dr. Lechter.

  • PeterH

    November 28, 2023 at 6:02 pm

    Listening to political strategist Karl Rove has brought the GQP to its knees! Continue on!

    • Earl Pitts "America's-Go-To-Political--Guru" American

      November 28, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Peter H for having the Sage Wisdom to trust only me, Earl Pitts American, for all your political opinions, needs, and sage advice.
      I, Earl Pitts American, always knew that you were just pretending to be a 💩 4 🧠’s Lefty most likely because you were in a “Homer-Testicle” relationship with that guy that used to beat you up all the time.
      Trusting Earl is a good first step to becoming the Patriot your Mom and Dad always hoped you would be.
      God Speed Peter H on your recovery back to the hetero life-style.
      Y’all can name your first kid Earl ya know.

      • rick whitaker

        November 28, 2023 at 7:12 pm


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