Trump thumps DeSantis and Haley in Iowa’s opening nominating contest

DES MOINES, Iowa — Former President Donald Trump has fired a warning shot at his 2024 Republican primary opponents and President Joe Biden, dominating the opening nominating contest in Iowa amid sub-zero temperatures.

Just 31 minutes after the caucuses began, the Associated Press called Trump the winner of the first-in-the-nation nominating contest. Second place is up for grabs.

Reaping the rewards of pseudo-incumbency as Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley grinned and gripped hands across Iowa, Trump avoided traditional retail politicking for which Iowa is known. But his more traditional ground game, compared to his 2016 effort, supplemented with the occasional rallies, high-profile supporters, and court appearance, helped him turn an early win before a likely general election against Biden.

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