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DeSantis Goes Off On Media For Calling Iowa Caucus For Trump As Votes Were Still Being Cast

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The campaign of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was furious after former President Donald Trump trounced him and the other competition in the Iowa Caucus.

Trump had more votes than his two closest competitors, DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley combined and Vivek Ramaswamy, who came in fourth, left the contest and endorsed Trump.

The campaign accused the media of “election interference” by calling the caucus for Trump while people were still voting.

“Absolutely outrageous that the media would participate in election interference by calling the race before tens of thousands of Iowans even had a chance to vote. The media is in the tank for Trump and this is the most egregious example yet,” Andrew Romeo, a DeSantis campaign spokesperson said on X, formerly Twitter.

The Florida governor, who came in a distant second, spoke to his supporters after the resounding defeat.

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“They threw everything but the kitchen sink at us,” he said as his supporters chanted “Ron! Ron! Ron!”

“They spent almost $50 million attacking us,” the Florida governor said. “The media was against us, they were writing our obituaries months ago. They even called the election before people even got a chance to vote.”

“They were just so excited about the fact that they were predicting that we wouldn’t be able to get our ticket punched here out of Iowa, but I can tell you because of your support, in spite of all that they threw at us, everyone against us, we got our ticket punched out of Iowa,” he said.

“This is not over; in fact, tonight it is just beginning. It is a two-person race tonight, Iowa has made that clear tonight,” Steve Deace, a conservative radio host who supports DeSantis, said.

Former President Donald Trump was the near-unanimous winner on Monday night of the 2024 Iowa Republican caucuses.

With a massive lead, CNN, the Associate Press, Fox News and other networks called the Iowa caucus for Trump shortly before 9PM EST.

The writing was on the wall before Monday night as Trump pulled out to a wide lead over his Republican primary rivals during the first-in-the-nation caucus.

Overall, 48% of likely caucusgoers say Trump would be their first choice, 20% name former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and 16% name Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, with the rest of the field below 10%,” CNN reported.

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“Trump stood at 51% in the December DMR/NBC poll and 43% in October, with his chief rivals in the teens in both of those prior polls,” the outlet noted further, adding:

Overall, roughly two-thirds of likely caucusgoers – 68% – say their minds are made up about whom to support. The poll was fielded among 705 likely GOP caucusgoers during the final stretch of campaigning from January 7 to January 12, with Trump’s backers far more likely to say they are committed to their candidate than those supporting other candidates.

About 8 in 10 Trump supporters – 82% – say their minds are made up, up from December when 70% said they were locked in. Fewer Haley backers, 63%, or DeSantis supporters, 64%, are similarly locked in, though both have solidified a majority of their supporters for the first time in the NBC/DMR poll’s tracking of this measure.

Meanwhile, Trump blasted Fox News over the weekend, accusing the network of “surrendering” and giving unwarranted positive coverage of his GOP primary rivals.

Trump questioned Fox’s continued coverage of a “Fake CNN Poll” on Truth Social, seemingly alluding to a CNN survey from Tuesday that identifies former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as trailing Trump by single digits in the New Hampshire Republican primary. Trump referred to the survey as a “fake outlier.”

Additionally, Trump launched an assault on Steve Doocy, the host of “Fox & Friends,” accusing him of “desperately attempting to save DeSanctimonious, a ship that was sinking,” and further speculating, “What happened to that individual?”

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