(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – With plans to intensify its efforts in Iowa, one of the three states Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign has principally targeted, former President Donald Trump’s campaign aims to deliver what has been called a final “knock-out punch” to DeSantis.
DeSantis was widely believed to be the sole opponent for Trump during the GOP primary contest. Still, as the months have passed, he has been unable to make any headway against the incumbent.
DeSantis has lost support in recent months, moving down the polls to third and fourth place.
A leaked memo in July exposed the DeSantis campaign’s strategy of ignoring Super Tuesday states and concentrating on Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire.
As his steep drop in the polls accelerated, his campaign restructured, firing dozens of employees and removing his campaign manager.
His governance in the Sunshine State was popular, especially his handling of the coronavirus, which became a source of envy for others stuck in more restrictive states throughout the pandemic.
However, Republican voters nationwide prefer another round of Trump over another Republican assuming the presidency.
Attendees at the Iowa State Fair in August turned away from DeSantis’ speech to watch Trump fly overhead.
DeSantis came into a group of people yelling, “We want Trump!” as he passed through them.
Trump already overshadowing DeSantis at the Iowa state fair, as the crowd turns away from DeSantis event to watch Trump’s plane encircle overhead pic.twitter.com/nsMo3WpKZO
— Joyce Koh (@JoyceKohTV) August 12, 2023
Gov. Ron DeSantis walks through a crowd chanting “We love Trump” and “We want Trump” pic.twitter.com/IBjOWcEH1i
— Lalee Ibssa (@LaleeIbssa) August 12, 2023
As DeSantis even failed to see a surge in the polls during the first GOP debate, the Trump campaign is well aware of the difficulties facing the DeSantis campaign.
DeSantis’ campaign is thus expected to come to an end as a result of the Trump campaign “beefing up their efforts in Iowa, hoping to deliver the type of knock-out punch that would effectively end the Florida governor’s bid and send a message to the other campaigns to get out of the way,” according to Politico.
Trump reportedly made seven trips to Iowa this year. This week, he will give a speech at the Grand River Conference Center in Dubuque and “embark on a ‘Team Trump Caucus Commitment’ organizing event in Iowa with campaign volunteers at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa.”
Trump is anticipated to make at least three more trips to Iowa in October, with potential additional stops after that. The Iowa blitz will not end there, however.
The outlet stated: “Alex Meyer, who was most recently a member of the RNC’s political data team, has joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser to focus on both Iowa and Missouri.”
Trump’s Iowa team is focused on educating and training Trump supporters on the caucus process, and the Trump campaign has boasted of 27,500 signed caucus pledge cards and 1,500 local volunteers in the state.
Also, at the same time, just this week, the pro-Trump Super PAC MAGA Inc. has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising in the Hawkeye State.
On the other hand, DeSantis has fallen short of expectations in the state despite his campaign’s best efforts.
DeSantis is underperforming in the state, trailing Trump by 21 points according to internal Iowa polling done for DeSantis’ Super PAC Never Back Down.
According to a mid-August article by Breitbart News:
DeSantis, his own Super PAC admits, currently trails former President Donald Trump by 21 percent in Iowa. The survey documents, published online as part of a broader trove of information that the political consulting firm Axiom Strategies has online, show Trump at 40 percent in Iowa.
DeSantis, meanwhile, lingers down at 19 percent — 21 points lower than Trump — and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is rising right behind DeSantis now at 12 percent in Iowa, per DeSantis’s own team.
A full 20 percent in the survey back other candidates, and 9 percent are undecided. The document is dated August 2023 — meaning it is currently the view of the DeSantis operation that Trump leads DeSantis with more than double DeSantis’s level of support in Iowa.
Even more problems for DeSantis are in store, according to a RealClearPolitics (RCP) survey released on Monday, which shows Trump leading the GOP field in the Iowa Republican caucuses by an average of 30.2 percent, or 46 percent to DeSantis’s 15.8 percent.
DeSantis, however, isn’t flinching publicly. He recently told Fox News Channel’s America Reports that his campaign is structured for the “long haul.”
He said nobody is “entitled to be nominated.”
DeSantis argued, “But many voters haven’t made a firm decision.” They might have one or both of these tendencies. As a result, I believe that this is incredibly fluid and that someone needs to seize it. I intend to do just that. No one has the right to be nominated. You have to be there in these early states and prove yourself deserving of it, and that is what I want to do.”
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