Ron DeSantis clinches second-place finish in Iowa caucuses after Trump domination

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) narrowly defeated former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to finish in second place during the Iowa caucuses Monday night.

“We got our ticket punched out of Iowa,” DeSantis said at his caucus party to supporters.

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The Florida governor heavily campaigned on winning the evangelical vote in an attempt to either win the nominating contest outright or come in a close second.

But former President Donald Trump dominated the caucuses and 31 minutes after they began the Associated Press declared him the winner.

With 95% of the vote counted, Trump had 51% support, DeSantis 21%, Haley 19%, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy at 8%. Ramaswamy dropped out of the race after the fourth-place finish and backed Trump.

The DeSantis campaign had already indicated Monday
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