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DeSantis to keep ‘full Grassley’ promise with visit to final Iowa county

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) announced Friday that he plans to keep his promise to visit all 99 counties in Iowa during the 2024 presidential campaign.

DeSantis said he would complete “Full Grassley,” named after senior Hawkeye state Sen. Chuck Grassley, with a final campaign stop on Saturday.

“If I say I’m going to do something, take that promise to the bank,” he said. said in Xthe platform formerly known as Twitter.

“I told the people of Iowa that I would visit all 99 counties in the Hawkeye State, and tomorrow I will make good on that promise,” he added.

Although DeSantis will miss his original target date of Halloween by more than a month, the accomplishment underscores his focus on Iowa as key to his campaign hopes.

The Florida governor already has the support of several people in the state, including Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats.

Despite falling far behind former President Trump in national primary polls, DeSantis has focused on Iowa, hoping a strong showing there will give momentum to his efforts.

Last month’s campaign memo pointed to Trump’s failure in Iowa as crucial for the Florida governor.

“Everyone agrees that a landslide victory for Trump in Iowa would create media and political momentum for his candidacy, making it difficult to stop him from moving into New Hampshire,” DeSantis’ memo said. It says “You can do it.”

But former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has endorsed DeSantis in recent weeks, turning Iowa, South Carolina and other early states into key battlegrounds for both campaigns.

The Iowa caucuses, which kick off the Republican primary voting season, are scheduled for January 15th.

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