Iowa caucuses: Five key takeaways from first big contest of 2024 election

The Iowa caucuses have wrapped up for the night, with former President Donald Trump defeating his candidates by wide margins and potentially turning the wider contest into a procession.

Several news outlets called the race in favor of Trump shortly after the caucuses began, marking a significant win for the former president in the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Here are five key takeaways from the Iowa caucuses as the 2024 primary season officially gets underway.

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Trump has strong showing with early win

Trump had a powerful performance in the Iowa caucuses, as expected for weeks by election forecasters. Several news outlets called the race in his favor just 31 minutes after the caucuses began, cementing his status as the frontrunner as candidates turn their attention to the New Hampshire primaries. 

Trump managed to secure 51% of the vote, allowing him to garner more than half the vote
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