Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida faced inclement weather in Iowa, forcing him to cancel one event, but he persevered and successfully wrapped up a campaign event in Council Bluffs. Although the polls show him trailing behind former President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, DeSantis remains confident that he is the right candidate to lead the country.
During his event, DeSantis emphasized the challenges facing the nation, including open borders, excessive spending, rising crime rates, international issues, problems in education, and the influence of woke ideology. He asserted that he is the only candidate who has consistently defeated the left on these issues, while the Democrats have often come up short. Despite trailing in the polls, DeSantis has faith in his ground game and the support he has garnered from all 99 counties in Iowa, as well as the endorsement of popular Republican Governor Kim Reynolds.
DeSantis and his team argue that the polls should be taken with a grain of salt due to the nature of the caucus system, which requires the physical presence and participation of voters. Additionally, the extreme temperatures that Iowa is currently experiencing may further complicate turnout predictions for Monday night's caucuses. Nevertheless, DeSantis's supporters remain steadfast and ready to see him in the White House.
Following the conclusion of the Iowa caucuses, DeSantis plans to be swift in his campaign efforts. On Tuesday, he will travel to South Carolina, where he intends to hold a campaign event in Greenville. This decision is seen as a strategic move to send a message to Nikki Haley, a prominent candidate in South Carolina, indicating his intent to outperform her in her home state. After this visit, DeSantis will head to New Hampshire to continue his campaign.
The DeSantis campaign has focused heavily on grassroots efforts, with their super PAC reporting that they have already knocked on over 3 million doors in early states. Their tireless commitment to engaging with voters demonstrates their dedication to gaining support at the grassroots level.
As the Iowa caucuses approach, DeSantis and his team are aware of the challenges they face. However, they remain confident in their strategy and the ability of their candidate to lead the nation. With his extensive visits to all 99 counties in Iowa and the backing of influential figures in the Republican party, DeSantis believes he has the necessary support and momentum to secure the nomination and ultimately become the next President of the United States.