2020 Iowa caucus: President Trump recaptures overwhelming Iowa Republican support




  • In Politics
  • 2020-02-04 04:10:22Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

DES MOINES - President Donald Trump's reelection campaign was a key focus of 2020 caucuses being held statewide Monday night by Iowa Republicans.

Although the vast majority of attention on this year's Iowa caucus campaigns was focused on Democratic candidates vying to oppose Trump, the Republican Party of Iowa still scheduled meetings for nearly 1,700 precincts so the party faithful could have their voices heard.

What those Iowa Republicans said Monday: They were overwhelmingly behind the President.

The Associated Press called the caucus victory in Trump's favor at 7:26 p.m.

Iowa GOP spokesman Aaron Britt said attendance Monday night was expected to be nowhere near the size of the large crowds that participated in the highly contested 2016 Iowa GOP caucuses, which were won by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with Trump coming in second. That's because Trump's nomination this year has been more of a given, he said.

Trump was boosted in Iowa on Monday by a statewide blitz of 80 presidential campaign surrogates that included much of the president's cabinet. At Northview Middle School in Ankeny, Lara Trump, who is a senior adviser to the president's 2020 campaign, was a scheduled speaker. She is married to Eric Trump, one of Trump's sons.

Trump is being opposed nationally for the Republican presidential nomination by two veteran GOP politicians: former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh from Illinois, a conservative radio host. But neither Weld nor Walsh demonstrated much of an ability to generate enthusiasm among Iowa Republicans for their candidacy.

In addition, Trump's impeachment trial, which is expected to end this week with his acquittal by the U.S. Senate, appears to have done little or no damage to his reelection prospects among Republicans. A packed audience of more than 7,000 cheered Trump during a rally last week at Drake University in Des Moines, where he railed against the "lunacy and the madness of the totally sick left."

Surveys show Trump remains popular among conservatives. A November Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll found 76% of registered Republicans who didn't plan to attend the Democratic caucuses said they will definitely vote to reelect Trump.

Trump carried Iowa by more than 9 percentage points in the 2016 general election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although Democratic nominee Barack Obama carried Iowa in both 2008 and 2012 as he won two presidential terms.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Iowa caucus: Donald Trump wins with overwhelming Republican support

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