In a swift and decisive turn of events, former President Donald Trump emerged triumphant in the Iowa Republican caucuses, securing over 50% of the votes within half an hour of the caucus opening, according to early reports from American media outlets. Trump’s victory came with a substantial lead of approximately 30 points over the second-place contender, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, more than doubling the record set by Bob Dole in 1988.

Trump: “Time to Unite”

Expressing gratitude on his Truth social media platform, Trump posted, “Thank you, Iowa, I love you all!” He added, “This is the moment for our country to come together, whether you are Republican or Democrat, it’s time to stand together and address the issues.” Following media projections declaring him the primary winner, Trump remarked, “I want to thank the wonderful people of Iowa,” while also congratulating Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley. He extended thanks to his wife Melania, acknowledging her as the “former First Lady and perhaps the future.” Trump also mentioned his late mother-in-law, who passed away a few days ago.

DeSantis Criticizes Media for Premature Results

The decision of the media to announce results prematurely faced criticism from Ron DeSantis’ team, who secured the second spot, according to Fox News. The communication director for DeSantis stated, “It is absolutely scandalous that the media participate in an operation of electoral interference by declaring the winner before tens of thousands of Iowa residents had the chance to vote.” Accusations were made that the media favored Trump, marking a significant example of bias.

Race Between DeSantis and Haley Remains Open

Despite DeSantis securing the second position and Nikki Haley coming in third, the margin between them is minimal. The competition to position themselves as an alternative to Trump remains open. In the upcoming contest on January 23 in the more liberal state of New Hampshire, the former UN ambassador is in a better position.

Vivek Ramaswamy Withdraws, Pledges Support to Trump

In a surprising development, 36-year-old biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy announced his withdrawal from the 2024 elections. Ramaswamy disclosed that he would throw his support behind Donald Trump, urging his followers to vote for the tycoon. “We didn’t achieve the surprise we hoped for tonight,” said the Republican candidate. “I cannot be the next President of the United States. I am very concerned for our country; we need someone who prioritizes America first,” he added.

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