(Part-1) Trump dominates Iowa caucuses as DeSantis edges Haley for second.

On Monday, former President Donald Trump won a record-setting Iowa caucus with his challengers well behind, reaffirming his hold on the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Trump was poised to break the Iowa Republican caucus record set by Bob Dole in 1988 by nearly 13 percentage points. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley finished far ahead of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  Though projected to be low-turnout, caucusgoers met in hundreds of schools, churches, and community centers around the state in life-threatening cold and perilous driving conditions.

Haley pledges to fight hard in New Hampshire's Jan. 23 primary to win over independent votes. DeSantis is going directly to South Carolina, a conservative bastion where the Feb. 24 election might be crucial. Conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy suspended his candidacy.

Trump's victory address Monday night emphasized togetherness despite his frequent threats of retribution against his political opponents. Trump stated, “We want to come together, whether it’s Republican or Democrat or liberal or conservative. “We’ll unite. Going will happen soon.”

Trump spent most of the past year developing a more professional Iowa organization than he did in 2016, when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the caucuses. His team focused on establishing a strong digital and data operation to consistently contact potential supporters and train them to participate in the caucuses.

Iowa has been inconsistent in predicting Republican presidential candidates. The last Republican to win Iowa and become standard-bearer was George W. Bush in 2000. Trump addressed hundreds of cheering fans at a caucus location at the Horizon Events Center in Clive, Iowa, looking ahead to a possible general election showdown with President Joe Biden.

“He is totally destroying our country,” Trump remarked of Biden. “We were a great nation three years ago and today people laugh at us.” Biden's team announced that he and the Democratic National Committee raised more than $97 million in the fourth quarter of 2023 and ended the year with $117 million, showing that Biden is preparing for a possible rematch while Trump is still in the primary.

Trump the victor based on early returns and AP VoteCast findings from Monday night caucus voters. Trump had an overwhelming advantage in both.

eight counties showed Trump with more than half of the votes counted, significantly ahead of the field. These rural counties are demographically and politically comparable to several counties that have not reported.

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