Former President Donald Trump made a fiery return to Iowa on Wednesday, following the conclusion of his New York business fraud trial. Recent polls indicate Trump’s double-digit lead in the state, despite legal controversies.
At a Coralville rally, Trump delivered a lengthy speech, accusing President Joe Biden and the left of desperate tactics to hinder his political comeback. Baselessly claiming constitutional violations and election interference, Trump focused on the legal challenges he faces and reiterated debunked claims about the 2020 election.
Amidst cheers from supporters, Trump pledged support for Iowa farmers, promised to lower gas prices, and vowed to combat inflation if reelected. Supporters expressed unwavering commitment, citing Trump’s previous campaign promises.
A recent Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom poll showed Trump with a substantial lead, securing 51% support, the largest in the poll’s history for a competitive primary. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis trails by 32 points, despite endorsements from key Iowa figures. DeSantis argued his candidacy as the only one capable of challenging Trump, emphasizing the need for broad party support.
The poll also highlighted a narrow lead for DeSantis over former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, endorsed by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu. With the Iowa caucuses approaching, the political landscape remains dynamic as candidates position themselves for the New Hampshire GOP primary on Jan. 23.