With the Iowa caucus just weeks away, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign hopes for a knockout blow from its supporters in the opening round of the 2020 presidential race. The president’s supporters have been actively campaigning on his behalf across the state, and the national Republican Party has made a major push to turn out the vote.
At the same time, though, two Republicans have been jockeying for second place in the key primary state. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Congressman Ron Desantis have both campaigned extensively in Iowa, making their case to conservative voters.
Both candidates have a compelling story to tell. Haley was the first woman to serve as South Carolina’s governor and is popular with conservatives for backing the president on immigration and other issues. Desantis is a staunch supporter of the president and a rising star in the Republican Party.
Even with the two hopefuls competing for second place, national Republican leaders remain confident in the president’s prospects in the state. “We’ve got a great turnout operation in Iowa,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in an interview. “We have a massive data operation and a great ground game. We’re confident in the president’s standing and it’s all coming together.”
While the Republican Party is bullish on the president’s prospects, Democrats are also looking to rack up a win in Iowa. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls and is the favorite to win the caucus. Iowa Senator Amy Klobuchar is also trying to make a run, competing for second with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The competition in Iowa is intense, both on the Republican and Democratic sides. But no matter who comes out on top, it won’t be long before the presidential race moves on to New Hampshire and then the rest of the nation. With the voting season officially underway, the nation is now in for an exciting few months as the presidential contenders battle it out.