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 January 15, 2024

DeSantis vows to stay in for 'the long haul' even if he bombs in Iowa

Many have speculated that the Iowa caucuses could result in one or more GOP presidential candidates suspending their campaigns. 

While it's unclear who might throw in the towel, according to the Washington Examiner, it doesn't appear that Gov. Ron DeSantis will be that person.

During a recent CNN interview, DeSantis, who currently fights former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for second place in many state polls, said even if he comes in third in Iowa, he plans to stick it out.

"Last month, you said you were going to win in Iowa. What happens if you finish third? Is that the end of your campaign?" CNN's Jake Tapper asked the Republican governor.

"We’re going to do well on Monday. Our voters are very motivated,” DeSantis replied.

He added, "We’ve got a huge number of people that have committed to caucus, and we expect these are the people that turn out. So there’s a lot of excitement on the ground. We’re in this for the long haul; we understand that you’ve got to win a majority of the delegates."

Not only did DeSantis vow to stay in the race for the long haul, he went as far as telling reporters his plans for what happens after Iowa, no matter the results.

He focused on the next set of upcoming races, including South Carolina and Nevada.

"My view would be if you’re in it to win it, you’ve got to compete for every single delegate," DeSantis said. "And so especially when you have the proportional, you’ve gotta be out there. So yeah, we’re gonna be out there winning delegates in Nevada as well."

DeSantis blamed the media for the hype surrounding former President Donald Trump's likely outcome in Iowa, noting that he believes it could be closer than what's being said.

"There’s a lot of voters who are deciding between me and Donald Trump," DeSantis said.

The Florida governor added, "I think some of these voters appreciate what he did, but they do understand that there’s some drawbacks here about nominating him in 2024. So I actually think you’re gonna see a lot of folks that are going to go to the caucus without 100% [of their] minds made up."

Only time will tell.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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