Trump won the Republican primary election in the US state of Iowa
Former US President Donald Trump has won the first primary election for the Republican presidential nomination. In Iowa, he defeated his in-party rivals by a landslide.
BFormer President Donald Trump won the first Republican primary for the US presidential nomination. Television channels CNN, Fox News and CBS unanimously announced this on Monday evening (local time), citing their own forecasts.
Trump received more than 50 percent of the vote after counting about 90 percent of the vote, Reuters reported. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has about 21 percent. Former United Nations ambassador and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley came in third with 19 percent.
Trump's victory was expected. The 77-year-old led Haley and DeSantis by wide margins in the polls. His winning of the race in the evening came as a surprise. A fourth presidential candidate, businessman Vivek Ramasamy, withdrew his candidacy as a distant fourth. Trump now has his “full support” in the race for the White House, Ramasamy told supporters after the predictions became known.
In the United States, the party base determines the candidate for the presidential election. The primary election voting process is complex and varies from state to state. The beginning of Republican primaries in Iowa marks an election year. The actual presidential election will finally take place on November 5. The Iowa candidate's choice is not numerically significant. But those who do well in the small Midwestern state can expect a tailwind in future votes.
Decisions are not made at the polls, but at small party meetings, called caucus meetings. The severe cold took place in various places on Monday evening (local time). Despite temperatures of minus 20 degrees and above, Republican supporters gathered in churches or community halls to vote for their favorites.
A winter storm affected election campaigning over the weekend – with many campaign appearances being cancelled. Bitter cold followed the storm, with the weather service warning of “life-threatening” conditions.
Trump is leading in the polls
Trump faces four criminal charges in the middle of the campaign — including campaigning against him in his failed 2020 presidential bid. Trump lost the election to Democrat Joe Biden. To this day he has not admitted his defeat and continues to spread false information that he lost his victory through massive electoral fraud.
For Democrats, the primary process is different this year. The race for them is also considered a foregone conclusion. Current Biden wants to return to the White House for his party. The 81-year-old has no serious competition in the party.
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