Iowa win brings Trump closer to Biden showdown


Donald Trump won a big victory in the Republican Party’s presidential nomination race in the state of Iowa on Monday.

This confirms that Trump is the frontrunner to pres. to challenge Joe Biden in November’s election. Trump won with 51% of the vote over Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley.

“Trump is the dominant candidate (in the Republican Party) and this first victory confirms that reality,” Julian E Zelizer, professor of public affairs at Princeton University, told AFP.

There were questions about whether Trump would be hamstrung by his legal woes as he faces multiple civil and criminal trials this year.

But the magnitude of his victory showed once again that the 77-year-old Trump is good at turning challenges into opportunities.

“I really think now is the time for everybody, the country, to come together,” Trump said in his victory speech.

The next nomination race will take place in the state of New Hampshire on January 23, followed by Nevada on February 8 – the same day the US Supreme Court will hear a case regarding Trump’s eligibility to appear on the ballot in Colorado.

Trump is appealing against a ruling by Colorado’s highest court, which earlier ruled that his name may not appear on this state’s ballot as a presidential candidate for the Republicans. However, his name will remain on the ballot in Colorado, which votes on March 5, until the Supreme Court rules otherwise. A date for the expected ruling is not known.

The former president has a similar challenge in Maine, which also votes on March 5. Two weeks later, a number of states, including Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, go to the polls.

Meanwhile, Trump must appear in a court in Washington on March 4 on charges that he conspired to overthrow the 2020 election. He must also appear in a court in New York later in March on charges that he paid bribes to the porn star Stormy Daniels.

The former president must also appear in court in Florida in May regarding his alleged mishandling of classified documents after he left office.

The final Republican primaries are on June 4, after which delegates will vote in July during the Republican Nominating Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A date has not yet been set for Trump’s final criminal trial, a case in Georgia that is also related to alleged attempts to undermine the 2020 election results.

The election, in which Trump will most likely face Biden, takes place on November 5.