Former President of the United States Donald Trump (2017-2021) swept the Iowa caucuses this Monday, the first round of the Republican primaries for the White House, where he demonstrated his strength, while neither of his two main rivals managed to stand out. and become a viable alternative.
Trump’s victory was so large that networks such as CNN, NBC and Fox showed it only half an hour after the 700 voting centers where the caucuses were held tonight opened their doors and with it it dispels any doubt about his leadership at the head of the Republican Party.
What are caucuses
The caucuses They are neighborhood assemblies called in hundreds of schools, churches and gyms throughout the state.
There is debate and Iowa delegates are chosen to participate in the summer convention where the presidential candidate will be named of the Republican Party.
Iowa is a rural state with a small population that doesn’t have much weight in that convention, but Its caucuses have historically enjoyed enormous symbolism for being the first appointment on the primary calendar.
The address of The Democratic Party has broken with tradition this year and has not started its primary process in Iowabut intends to do so on February 3 in South Carolina.
The president of United States, Joe Bidenwho is seeking re-election for a second term, wants to begin the Democratic primaries with a comfortable victory in South Carolina, a more moderate state with a larger African-American population than Iowa.
The coldest caucuses in history
110,298 people participated in this Monday’s caucuses, 41% less than in 2016, when a record was set with around 187,000. Caucuses that have been the coldest in history due to a snow storm that caused the cancellation of several campaign events.
Trump obtained 56,260 votes and 51%, while DeSantis added 23,420 votes and 21.2%.
The third was the former governor of South Carolina and former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, with 21,085 votes and 19.1%.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, who announced that he was withdrawing from the primaries after knowing the result, was fourth with 8,449 votes and 7.7%.
In the Iowa caucuses, only 40 delegates were distributed out of the 2,429 at stake in the entire Republican primary process.
Trump took 20, DeSantis 8, Haley 7 and Ramaswamy got 3 despite retiring. There are still two delegates to be assigned pending the final result.