Donald Trump has won the first Republican primary election in the state of Iowa as expected. There, the American former president received half of the votes based on the provisional results. Ron DeSantis appears to be a distant second.
Trump had been leading in the polls in Iowa for weeks. There he immediately fulfilled his role of favorite on Monday evening local time. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Trump has won 51 percent of the votes, the news agency reports AP. The former president thus takes his first step towards the Republican nomination as a presidential candidate.
In the run-up to the presidential elections in November, there are primaries in all American states. This will make it clear who the Republicans (and Democrats) nominate as their presidential candidate.
The primary election in Iowa was one in the form of a party meeting. This will be one caucus named. During a caucus only voters registered with a party cast their votes. They do this after mutual and public discussions.
Because of Trump’s lead, many eyes were focused on the battle behind it, namely that between DeSantis and Nikki Haley. DeSantis in particular has been campaigning heavily in Iowa recently.
The DeSantis campaign is paying off
That paid off: DeSantis appears to finish second with 21.2 percent of the votes. Haley could count on 19.1 percent.
The remaining participants in the Republican primary in Iowa, Vivek Ramaswamy and Asa Hutchinson, accounted for 7.7 and 0.2 percent respectively. Ramaswamy announced after the result that he would withdraw from the race. He also mentioned that he now supports Trump as a presidential candidate.
Because the Iowacaucus is the kick-off of the election year, the state serves as a springboard for the candidates. “You can get wind in your sails with a win or an unexpectedly good result. Such a candidate can count on a lot of media attention. And that person is then immediately well-prepared for the next primary election,” American expert Willem Post said earlier. NU.nl.
It will be a busy spring for Trump. In addition to the primaries, he will also have to focus on several lawsuits. These revolve around the payment of hush money to porn actress Stormy Daniels, the withholding of secret documents and an attempted election fraud in the state of Georgia. Finally, Trump is being prosecuted for storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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Lees hier meer over de Amerikaanse verkiezingen
- Het verkiezingsjaar is begonnen in de Verenigde Staten. Zo werkt het en deze datums moet je noteren.
- In de aanloop naar de presidentsverkiezing in november zijn er in alle Amerikaanse staten voorverkiezingen. Die in de staat Iowa is traditiegetrouw de eerste. Hoe dat komt en wat deze voorverkiezing bijzonder maakt, lees je hier.
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