Published: 2024-01-16 10:53
Last Updated: 2024-02-26 12:23
Former United States President, Donald J. Trump, has won the Iowa caucus, the first round of the Republican presidential primaries, with over 50 percent of the votes, and more than double of Ron DeSantis’ votes, his distant competitor who scored second place with 21 percent. Nikki Haley came in third with 19 percent.
The Iowa caucus is of great importance for presidential candidates, as nominees campaign heavily to help elevate themselves to win their party’s nomination.
Trump won with an unprecedented margin, despite refusing to participate in the Republican party’s debates, and has further cemented himself as the clear Republican nominee after dominating the polls with a huge margin.
"This is the time now for everybody in our country to come together...Whether it's Republican or Democrat or liberal or conservative, it would be so nice if we could come together and straight out to the world and straighten out the problems and straighten out all the destruction that we are witnessing," Trump said in his victory speech.
Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the Republican presidential nomination race and endorsed Trump after a disappointing result in the caucus.
Joe Biden addressed his voter base after Trump’s victory on his personal “X” account, formerly known as Twitter, saying that “this election was always going to be you and me vs. extreme MAGA Republicans. It was true yesterday and it’ll be true tomorrow.”