DES MOINES, Iowa — After former President Donald Trump‘s landslide win Monday in Iowa, his allies say the race is over and the remaining candidates must drop out now to consolidate Republican support.
Trump won 51% percent of the vote in the opening nominating contest, a massive win over Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) with 21% support and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley at 19%. His 30-point victory smashed the previous 13-point margin set by former Sen. Bob Dole’s win in Iowa in 1988 and already forced two competitors to the exits.
“I think all of them should drop out,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a top surrogate for the Trump campaign, in an interview with the Washington Examiner. “What is the reasonable path for any person to win this nomination other than Donald Trump? There isn’t one.”
Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI), who