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Donald Trump wins Iowa Republican caucuses

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Donald Trump visited his supporters during a caucus in Iowa on January 15, 2024.

Agence France-Presse

Donald Trump won Monday evening the Republican primary in Iowa, announced the American media barely half an hour after the start of the vote, consolidating his status as the big favorite of the right for the presidential election in November.

According to CNN, the 77-year-old mogul, four times criminally charged, leaves his main rivals Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis far behind him, even if the results are still temporary.

Despite the snowstorm that hit the Midwestern state and raised fears for participation, the ex-president is getting a little closer – even if many months still separate the country from the presidential election – a probable duel with Democrat Joe Biden, the current occupant of the White House.

Donald Trump, who according to the polls had one of the largest leads ever seen over his opponents (nearly 50% of voting intentions ), had predicted to his supporters a wonderful evening, assuring that he would win hands down.

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Nikki Haley speaks to supporters in the Iowa state capitol, Des Moines, on January 15, 2024.< /p>

By 7 p.m. local time, voters had gathered at schools, libraries and fire stations across Iowa for the famous caucuses, or election meetings.

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After a prayer and a recitation of the traditional pledge of allegiance to the American flag, representatives gave a speech in favor of their champion before participants wrote their choice on a piece of paper.

I'm here for Trump, absolutely, said Kevin Yearington, a local election official. It was better before, he added, complaining about the Biden administration.

I'm tired of paying more for groceries and gas. Inflation is out of control here.

A quote from Kevin Yearington, an election official during the Iowa Republican caucuses

This is the first time since the 2020 election that Donald Trump has faced voter judgment.

This first moment of truth of the campaign weighs heavily: if the former president had not obtained the announced victory in Iowa, his image of invincibility risked being tarnished for the rest of the race.

Starting next week, the highly orchestrated ballet of the primaries will take the candidates to New Hampshire, before, in turn , each of the 50 states does not vote until June.

In the sights, the national convention in July, which will officially nominate the Republican presidential candidate.

Another major issue in this crucial vote: the second place.

For now, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are fighting it out, according to media projections.

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, the only woman in the race, has benefited from a recent rise in the polls.

The fifty-year-old is the new darling of the right, much appreciated in particular by business circles.

As for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a forty-year-old conservative with shocking positions on immigration or abortion, has bet everything on Iowa, traveling in recent months to each of the 99 counties.

I'm asking you to come out, brave the cold and support me during the Iowa caucus, he told his supporters Monday morning.< /p>

Because a last minute unknown factor disrupted the equation: the cold.

The state was hit by a snowstorm and the thermometer was expected to touch -30C at the time of voting, with icy roads.

Donald Trump wants to knock out the competition at all costs to ensure his victory before his trials begin, some of which put him at risk of prison.

The Republican will experience an extraordinary year in every way, punctuated by comings and goings between the courts and the platforms of electoral meetings.

And the Democrats?

Already with the official support of his party, outgoing President Joe Biden should, barring any major surprises, be designated in August as their candidate , and this, despite repeated criticism of the age of the octogenarian leader.

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