DES MOINES, Iowa — Eight years after former President Donald Trump conceded Iowa to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the one-time commander in chief is seeking a redo in the 2024 Republican primary’s opening contest.
Trump, then a real estate mogul turned reality TV star, was a political rookie, relying more on his name recognition than a ground game as he sought the GOP presidential nomination and Iowa’s 40 delegates. Now the Trump campaign is underscoring the experience it has gained from that election and the 2020 cycle, emphasizing a more professional organization that is powered by data and volunteers.
In an interview, Trump senior adviser Jason Miller contended that Trump’s supporters are more energized than those of his opponents, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, while simultaneously downplaying the former president’s polling advantage in Iowa before