Haley and DeSantis come out swinging in GOP debate
Amid record-cold and fast-falling snow, the 2024 Iowa caucuses are just hours away, and Republican Party candidates for president are attempting to make their final pitches to voters across the state.
With temperatures digging deeper than even native Iowans are used to, many campaign events have been called off or gone virtual, and there are some concerns about what the bitter weather will mean for turnout on Monday.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump urged his supporters to brave the elements in a last-ditch campaign speech on Sunday – even in the event of death.
“You can’t stay at home,” he said. “[Even} if you’re sick as a dog… even if you vote and then pass away it’s worth it.”
Nikki Haley also ploughed ahead with a Sunday nighttime event in the woods despite the extreme weather.
While Mr Trump holds a substantial polling lead, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former UN ambassador and South Carolina governor Ms Haley are fighting hard for second place in the hope it will give them a much-needed boost ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
The Iowa caucuses will begin at 7pm CST, with results expected to start rolling in soon after.
What time do the Iowa caucuses start?
The Iowa caucuses start at 7pm CST on Monday 15 January.
Results are expected to start rolling in from the smaller precincts around half an hour later, consultant Patrick Stewart told The Des Moines Register.
The outcomes from larger precincts likely to take longer to count and arrive a few hours later.
That means that we will not have a complete picture of how the candidates have done until well into the night.
Volunteer precinct chairs will be required to enter the results for each candidate into an online system twice to ensure any counting errors are noticed before state party officials check over and approve each precinct’s results one by one before they are sent to the GOP website for public consumption.
Rachel Sharp15 January 2024 12:20
Watch: Trump urges Iowa voters to get to polls even if they are ‘as sick as a dog’
Trump urges voters to get to polls even if they are ‘as sick as a dog’
Mike Bedigan15 January 2024 12:00
Heckler calls out Trump for taking millions from foreign governments while president
Donald Trump’s rally in Iowa was briefly derailed on Sunday when he was heckled by a protestor calling him out for accepting millions of dollars from foreign businesses while he was president.
Boos from the crowd drowned out the woman before the former president taunted: “Go home to Mommy! Your mommy’s worried.”
Mr Trump later criticised the protestor, calling her “young and immature,” only to come face to face with even more heckling and booing that broke out when another protester could be heard calling Mr Trump a “climate criminal”.
Rachel Sharp15 January 2024 11:38
Could this be Ron DeSantis’s last stand?
He completed the “Full Grassley,” named for Iowa’s long-serving Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, where he visited all 99 counties in the state. He made the hard sell at Iowa’s State Fair. He received the endorsement of Kim Reynolds, the state’s governor, and Bob Vander Plaats, the head of the Iowa Family Leader and a kingmaker in the state whose support of Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Ted Cruz all played a role in their victories in the caucuses.
Eric Garcia and Gustaf Kilander report on what is at stake today:
Florida governor has done ‘everything right’ and his Iowa campaign is a ‘well-oiled machine’. But will it be enough? Eric Garcia and Gustaf Kilander take a look at the DeSantis campaign heading into the first-in-the-nation contest
Oliver O’Connell15 January 2024 10:00
Nearly half of Haley supporters would back Biden over Trump
The latest poll out of Iowa found that nearly half of Nikki Haley supporters would vote for President Joe Biden over Donald Trump should the election ultimately come to a rematch from 2020.
It showed that if Mr Trump and Mr Biden are pitted against each other in November, 43 per cent of Ms Haley’s supporters said they would support the latter.
The surprising statistic underscores Ms Haley’s success in drawing support from independents.
Mike Bedigan15 January 2024 08:30
Iowa GOP voters less interested in talking about abortion, knowing it could lose them elections
A man in Iowa stood up at a recent town hall and told Ron DeSantis he had an “easy” question: how would the Florida governor address abortion when it’s sure to be a big issue in the coming 2024 presidential election?
DeSantis said he’d talk about it “the same way I did in Florida. I just articulated kind of, you know, where we were, what we do.”
Abortion has largely been absent as an issue in the lead-up to this year’s Iowa Republican caucuses, a remarkable change in a state that has long backed religious conservatives vowing to restrict the procedure. Part of the change is because Republicans achieved a generational goal when the Supreme Court overturned a federally guaranteed right to abortion. But it also underscores a pervasive fear among Republican candidates and voters alike that vocalizing their desire to further restrict abortion rights in 2024 has become politically dangerous.
Democrats outperformed expectations in the 2022 midterms and several state races last year campaigning on the issue. And President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign plans to make abortion rights central to its strategy this year.
Oliver O’Connell15 January 2024 07:00
Nikki Haley unfazed by final Iowa poll
After the final pre-caucus poll in Iowa put her at just 20 per cent of the vote (compared to Donald Trump’s 48 per cent), Nikki Haley insisted she isn’t breaking a sweat.
The presidential hopeful told Fox News on Sunday: “I’m not a political pollster. I’m not gonna worry about the numbers. What I am gonna say is the momentum and the energy on the ground is strong. We feel it. We know that this is moving in the right direction.
“The only numbers that matter are the ones that were going up, and everybody else went down.
“I think Iowans will decide intensity tomorrow. We’re just excited that tomorrow’s the day. It’s go time and we’re gonna keep crisscrossing the state. We’ve done that for days, now we’re going to keep doing it and I think the intensity will show tomorrow.”
Mike Bedigan15 January 2024 05:30
This is the moment a security guard tackles a protestor at Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign event in Iowa. The protestor tries to join DeSantis on stage at the Never Back Down PAC event in Ames on Thursday night (12 January) with a sign reading “DeSantis: Climate Criminal.” As he climbs on stage, a video posted by a NBC News, shows a security guard tackling him just moments later. “That is is wrong with the college system right there, that’s exhibit A,” DeSantis said as security removed the protester.
Oliver O’Connell15 January 2024 04:00
Every four years, the Iowa caucus marks the start of 11 months of campaigning to decide who is the next president of the United States of America. This year sees a new system in place for the Democrat caucus whilst over on the Republican side, GOP candidates scrap with the presence of former US president Donald Trump behind them. But what is a caucus? How does it differ from an election primary and why does the state of Iowa get to go first? This is Decomplicated. Check out Decomplicated on Independent TV, across desktop, mobile and connected TV.
Mike Bedigan15 January 2024 02:30
Iowa caucuses: When will we know the results?
All eyes will be on the race to secure the Republican nomination, with front-runner Donald Trump expected to cement his commanding lead over his rivals in the polls as the likes of Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy seek to make an impact and prove they have the support to mount a meaningful challenge.
For Democrats, the matter is much more straightforward: they will simply gather in gyms, schools, libraries and churches across the state’s 1,657 precincts (spread over 99 counties) to elect delegates to send to the county conventions in March, the next step to selecting the delegates that will attend the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August.
Despite sub-zero temperatures and snow being forecast, the state Republican Party chair Jeff Kaufmann has insisted: “We have done everything humanly possible to ensure that this caucus comes off without a hitch.”
So when can we expect to find out the results?
Oliver O’Connell15 January 2024 01:00