Donald Trump and his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination have captured the attention of the nation, and especially in Iowa, where today’s first-in-the-nation caucuses will kick off the race for the GOP nomination.
In a surprise to many, a recent poll conducted by the Des Moines Register showed that Trump is leading the polls in Iowa, with the billionaire businessman collecting 24 percent of the projected vote. Fellow Republican candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Senator Ted Cruz came in at second and third, respectively, with 18 and 15 percent of the projected vote. The rest of the candidate lagged far behind, collecting single digits percentages.
The poll’s results demonstrate Trump’s increasingly stronger support in Iowa as well as across the nation. Combined with the attention Trump has consistently made headlines for, as his controversial remarks have been debated since his entry into the race, Iowa voters have favored the candidate.
The poll’s results also show Trump’s rising power over the GOP rival candidates, as it has become increasingly clear that Trump has slowly but surely taken hold of the Iowa caucus races since his entry into the race. His ability to sail to the front of the GOP pack signals the start of a fierce competition for second between Cruz and Carson, as both candidates battle it out to secure the nomination.
Carson, despite slipping a few percentage points in the poll, reiterated his message and vowed he was “here to stay” to a crowd of supporters gathered outside the Boys & Girls Club in the Waterloo area. Cruz, in contrast, has increasingly seen decreased support, as voters have begun to waiver in their choice and turn to the more bombastic Trump.
With the attention and spotlight on Trump, it is expected that the rest of the GOP candidates will need to pull off a unique strategy to compete with the billionaire businessman in order to secure a strong second standing in the Iowa caucuses. The race for the Republican nomination will be a long and arduous one, especially for the candidates vying for a strong second in Iowa.