If Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are to thwart former President Donald Trump in the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses, they’ll have to win over key counties that Trump lost in his first White House run.
Republican pollsters and political experts told the Washington Examiner that a possible pathway to stop Trump runs through Johnson County, home to a more moderate wing of the Republican Party, the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids suburbs, along with the rural and evangelical counties in northwest and southeast Iowa.
Those counties mostly bucked Trump during his 2016 presidential run when he wasn’t an incumbent president, handing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) a win during the Iowa caucuses.
But Trump has learned from his past campaign and is banking on an overwhelming win that deters rivals from