Iowa blizzard weather warning upends GOP campaigns before caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa — Once-in-a-decade weather is complicating the 2024 Republican candidates’ final pitches to likely Iowa caucusgoers and creating concerns regarding turnout for Monday’s opening primary nominating contest, predicted to be the coldest caucus in recorded history.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), accompanied by Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA), spoke at a Northside Conservatives Club meeting in Ankeny on Friday morning amid freezing temperatures and continued snowfall, with up to 4 inches expected over the day. The governor canceled his next two events in Clear Lake and Marshalltown, with his campaign promising to monitor Pella and Coralville in case it needed to provide updates to attendees concerning the schedule.

“Most Floridians don’t come north in January,” DeSantis told the crowd in Ankeny. “I’m really impressed that so many people came out, given the weather. I’m
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