Iowa caucuses: Will Trump break the ‘full Grassley’ winning tradition

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans traditionally reward candidates who vigorously campaign in all corners of the Hawkeye State, but former President Donald Trump is poised to break the mold if he wins Monday’s caucuses by showing up the least.

Until now, the magic of Iowa has been a relatively unknown candidate could launch a national presidential bid by charming individual voters through dozens of stops at local Pizza Ranch restaurants and community spots. Legwork would pay off in Iowa, and the 2024 candidates are testing whether that theory still holds.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has gone all in on Iowa, aggressively campaigning across all corners of the state, completing his “Full Grassley” last month, a reference to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) tradition of visiting with voters in all 99 counties in the state.

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