Former President Trump has a comfortable lead in Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis, and polls show former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley surging in the state to tie with the Florida governor. Despite this, he remains confident of victory in the upcoming Iowa caucuses.
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked DeSantis on “Meet the Press” if he would drop out of the race if he doesn’t finish at least second in the Iowa caucuses. Mr. DeSantis did not answer questions and reiterated that he believes he will win in the caucuses.
“Well, we’re going to win the caucuses. We’re doing everything we need to do to do that. We’re going to continue to increase our support,” he told Welker, who pressed for answers. It kept coming.
DeSantis emphasized that some candidates won the caucus but did not win the nomination. He also noted that the race is “very dynamic,” adding that he expects the race to “look different” by the time the Iowa caucuses begin.
According to a public opinion poll in late October, Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa For Iowa State, Haley has jumped 10 points since August, leaving DeSantis and Haley tied for second place. Forty-three percent said Trump was their first choice, giving former President Trump a 27-point lead over the top candidate.
While Ms. Haley is amassing funds in Iowa, Ms. DeSantis is also campaigning in the state. DeSantis recently secured the support of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who had previously said she would remain neutral in the 2024 primary. He also try something Known as the “Full Grassry,” it visits all 99 counties in Iowa.
He predicted voters would ultimately have to choose between him and Trump, emphasizing the idea that the primary would be a “referendum” on the former president.
“If you do me as a candidate, you have a better chance,” he said. “I could serve two terms and actually be more likely to get a lot done. But realistically, for Republican voters, those are the choices.”
A first look at the interview first aired on NBC’s “Weekend Nightly News” on Saturday night. The full interview will be broadcast on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
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