Wow, it was a quick response. An early victory for Donald Trump in the Iowa Caucuses has left some Republicans feeling dissatisfied.

MARYLAND - The early declaration of former president Donald Trump's victory in the Iowa Caucuses, less than an hour after doors closed, infuriated some fellow Republicans who protested the decision.

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, who finished in second place on Monday night, went as far as to accuse the rapid results of being "election interference" because the majority of Iowans hadn't had the opportunity to vote yet.

"This is the most egregious example yet," said Andrew Romeo, a spokeswoman for DeSantis, in a statement. "The media is in the tank for Trump," Romeo added.

A former press secretary for the White House under the administration of Donald Trump, Sean Spicer, referred to it as "highly irresponsible."

With just eight of 99 Iowa counties reporting results, the Associated Press announced Trump's victory at 7:31 p.m. local time. The AP said that early returns and an AP survey of Monday night caucus voters revealed a “insurmountable lead” for the former president.

He told Fox News Digital, "It really is an honor that, minutes after, they've announced I've won – against very credible competition – great competition, actually." He was referring to the fact that competitors were highly credible.

DeSantis finished second in the caucuses, 2 points ahead of Haley and well behind Trump. Second-place contest between DeSantis and Haley is close. For both candidates, Monday night's first-in-the-nation caucuses may determine their fate.

Trump dominates the nomination race, about 50 percentage points ahead of his closest challengers as of Monday evening. He remains the frontrunner despite four criminal cases against him for allegedly mishandling sensitive government records, attempting to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia, and falsifying business records.

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