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 January 8, 2024

DeSantis pledges to continue campaign beyond Iowa

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stated that his presidential campaign is designed for longevity beyond the upcoming Iowa caucuses, countering criticism that he has overly concentrated on this initial voting state with just one week remaining until Iowa voters cast their ballots.

During a campaign event in Grimes, a suburb of Des Moines, DeSantis addressed concerns about his campaign's focus.

The statement

"I’ve put in a lot of time here because I think it’s important. Anybody saying somehow we are only doing that – that’s just a flat-out lie," he stated.

He emphasized the necessity of being prepared for the long haul and highlighted the strength of his organization in other early primary states.

DeSantis responded to a voter's plea to stay in the race beyond Iowa, stressing the importance of endurance and assuring voters about his campaign strategy.

He refrained from directly acknowledging the voter's comment about former President Donald Trump, who is currently facing multiple criminal indictments.

The long haul

The Florida Governor acknowledged the challenging nature of the campaign, describing it as a "long process" and an "arduous process." Despite DeSantis aiming to gain momentum, recent polls indicate Trump maintains a significant lead over other primary contenders.

DeSantis faces competition not only from Trump but also former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley and a list of other lesser-known GOP contenders, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

While some critics point to DeSantis' struggles in recent polls, his campaign surrogate, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), expressed optimism about the growing momentum in Iowa and anticipated a positive impact in New Hampshire.

The contrast with Trump

Massie, who plans to accompany DeSantis to New Hampshire, noted the visible difference in campaign momentum during recent stops.

Despite Trump's ability to draw large crowds to his rallies, DeSantis supporters, like precinct captain Travis Gilson, contend that crowd size may not accurately reflect support in the upcoming caucuses.

Gilson suggests that Trump's appeal might have peaked, and some voters may be drawn to his personality without necessarily translating into increased caucus support.

DeSantis continues to receive attacks from Trump, fellow GOP candidates and the Biden administration as he seeks to gain ground in the first primary in Iowa later this month. The clock is ticking, with voters nearing the time to make their decision on the Republican nominee.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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