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Trump wins Iowa caucuses in landslide first election of 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa — The first contest was no contest.

Former President Donald Trump was projected to win the Iowa caucus in a blowout Monday night — confirming his standing as the clear front-runner for the 2024 Republican nomination.

Trump’s victory doubles as a serious blow to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who invested heavily in a ground game operation that failed to overcome the former president’s popularity among Iowa voters.

Trump’s campaign had been planning on a blowout win in the first-in-the-nation caucus, with the 77-year-old’s team rolling out a “10 for Trump” strategy relying on caucus captains to recruit new or irregular caucus-goers to put their support behind the former president.

That support was evident at a Sunday afternoon event in Indianola, where hundreds of Trump backers showed up to watch his remarks — and told The Post they were all in for the former president.

Donald Trump prepares to hold a “telerally” at the Hotel Fort Des Moines on January 13, 2024 in Des Moines, Iowa. Getty Images

DeSantis and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy had gone on a late campaign blitz leading up to Monday, holding multiple in-person events daily throughout the state. Former South Carolina Gov. Haley had cancelled her events over the weekend to account for a winter storm and frozen conditions that made driving treacherous.

On the coldest caucus night on record, Iowa Republicans braved snow, icy roads, and a wind chill that made it feel like negative-30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite the near-dangerous conditions, the White House hopefuls had urged their supporters to show up to the in-person-only vote.

Ron DeSantis attends a campaign event ahead of the Iowa caucus vote in Ankeny, Iowa, U.S., January 14, 2024. REUTERS
Nikki Haley moves with security through the crowd to a waiting vehicle after a campaign event at Drake Diner, in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024 AP
Vivek Ramaswamy steadies himself as he recovers from a slip on the snow to an event ahead of the Iowa caucus vote in Hubbard, Iowa, U.S. January 12, 2024. REUTERS

Trump and his rivals don’t have much time to digest Monday’s results, as the Republican primary calendar shifts to New Hampshire and the Jan. 23 first-in-the-nation primary.

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