Ron DeSantis to make final push in Iowa
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Ron DeSantis
Monday is expected to be the coldest Caucus Day in history, with temperatures expected to fall below 0 degrees at caucus time.

Monday is a make-or-break night for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

A strong second place showing in the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest would position DeSantis as a possible alternative to former President Donald Trump, who is facing a flurry of criminal and civil charges. It would give him momentum heading into other early voting states.

A third-place finish behind both Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley would likely spell the end of DeSantis’ presidential ambitions this cycle as he faces voters in New Hampshire next week, where Haley has been leading him in the polls and gaining on Trump.

DeSantis has made it a point to visit each of Iowa’s 99 counties throughout his presidential campaign, and has faced criticism for focusing most of his campaign infrastructure in Iowa.

Monday will be no different. The Florida Governor has three stops planned throughout the afternoon, before his Caucus Night watch party in Des Moines.

His first stop will open to press at noon at Pub 52 in Sergeant Bluff, located at 701 1st St.

Next, DeSantis heads to Council Bluffs where he’ll speak at The Thunderbowl sometime after 1:45 p.m., located at 900 Madison Ave.

DeSantis’ last stop of the day will be in Cedar Rapids, with remarks delivered sometime after 3:30 p.m. at Jersey Pub and Grub, located at 5761 C St.

An Iowa poll released Saturday, the final before Caucus Day, showed Trump maintaining dominance in Iowa, with a nearly 30 point lead over Haley. Haley gained on DeSantis to take the No. 2 spot in the NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll, with 20% and 16% support, respectively.

DeSantis and Haley were both campaigning in Iowa over the weekend, despite a blizzard that created icy conditions and biting cold. Trump, comfortable in his lead and telling people his supporters could “walk over glass” to caucus for him, opted instead to host tele-rallies.

Monday is expected to be the coldest Caucus Day in history, with temperatures expected to fall below 0 degrees at caucus time. Fears are mounting that weather could dampen turnout, a political hypothesis that prompted Trump’s “walk over glass” comment about his devotees.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


  • My Take

    January 15, 2024 at 9:08 am

    There ix an additional real loss to Florida regarding DeSScamus. It is a tragedy to the history of opinion writing that the illustrious Carl Hiaasen retired before Ronnie reached full bloom. Oh what we have missed.

  • Dont Say FLA

    January 15, 2024 at 9:43 am

    Push, Rhonda, push!

    Push that big ole’ turd out and then GO AWAY

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