Race called for Trump before GOP surrogates could finish persuasion speeches

As part of their last-ditch efforts to persuade Iowa voters to back their presidential bids, Republican candidates scattered their most high-profile allies across the Hawkeye State to speak on their behalf.

But those efforts were largely unnecessary after the race was called for former President Donald Trump just a half-hour after the caucuses began on Monday evening and before many surrogates could even offer their nominating speeches.

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Voters gathered at their local precincts at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. EST) for the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Shortly after the caucuses begin, voters listen to last-minute speeches by presidential candidates and their surrogates before casting ballots for their preferred nominee

CNN, at a large caucus site half an hour after the corporate media called the race:

“They’re still listening to the speeches
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