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Trump Obliterates Republican Party Primary Records In Iowa Caucuses

ATKINSON, NEW HAMPSHIRE - JANUARY 16, 2024: U.S. entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy endorses Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump during a campaign rally at the Atkinson Country Club. The New Hampshire primary is set for Jan. 23. Trump won this week's Iowa caucus, solidifying him as the lead Republican nominee in the first balloting of 2024. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

AMES, Iowa (CC) - By winning over 50% of the votes on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Iowa, Former President Donald Trump obliterated Republican Party records for the Iowa caucuses, dating back to 1976.

Former President George Bush held the record at 41% after beating Forbes Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes by 11% in the 2000 Iowa caucuses.

By winning every county in the Hawkeye state, Trump also smashed the record for largest margin of victory at Iowa's Republican caucuses, as he won by nearly 30% over Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis who finished in second place.

Late Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS) previously held the record (12%).

In 2016's Republican Iowa caucuses, Mr. Trump finished a close second to Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) - 27.6% to 24.3%.

The numbers indicate that the GOP has truly never seen a phenomenon like Donald Trump. Grassroots Republican Party members have taken to him more so than any other candidate in its history.

The Republican Party was established in 1854, during the abolitionist movement, by anti-slavery activists who opposed the Kansas–Nebraska Act - legislation that allowed for the potential expansion of chattel slavery into said territories.

Even though the Trump movement appears to be expanding, MSNBC did not air his victory speech. CNN aired the speech briefly, but host Jake Tapper started talking over Trump once he started talking about closing the border.

Both networks aired DeSantis' whole speech and most of, if not all of Nikki Haley's. She finished a record distant third to Mr. Trump.



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