Republicans Urge Party to Rally Around Trump After Decisive Iowa Victory

Republicans Urge Party to Rally Around Trump After Decisive Iowa Victory

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Biden campaign fundraises off Trump win.

Top Republicans congratulated former President Donald Trump on his Iowa victory, with many urging the party to finish the primaries and unite around him to defeat President Joe Biden in November.

Calling it a “massive Trump victory,” House GOP Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that Trump is the party’s nominee and will defeat President Biden “this November to #SaveAmerica.”

“Cue the journo and liberal meltdown,” Ms. Stefanik added.

Sen. Lindsey Graham stated on X that it is “clear to me” that former President Trump is the GOP nominee “and will eventually be the 47th President of the United States.”

“The Republican Party is fortunate to have so many good candidates, but for all practical purposes this primary is over,” he said.

Dr. Ben Carson, a former Trump cabinet secretary, says “it is time for the rest of the field” to support former President Trump and concentrate the party’s resources on defeating President Biden “or whoever else the Dems try to sneak in at the last minute.”

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Kari Lake, a top Trump surrogate and U.S. Senate candidate for Arizona, shared the same message on X.

“It’s time for this primary to come to an end,” she said. “I urge Republicans to unite around President Trump as our nominee and focus on defeating @JoeBiden.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described the results in Iowa as “the people’s victory,” adding that “Trump is the nominee.”

“Get over it. There is no candidacy for number 2,” Mr. Gingrich told Fox News. “Trump is not just a candidate. Trump is the leader of a nationwide movement to take back power from the establishment.”

Donald Trump Jr. offered the same message as other top Republicans shortly after the Iowa caucus.

“Now let’s end this nonsense and go after the insanity that is today’s Democrat Party. Enough is enough! It’s time to put America first for a change,” he said on X.

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) echoed those remarks, urging the GOP to “unite” behind him.

“Can we stop pretending this is an actual primary race and get to the business of defeating Joe Biden? #MAGA” said Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.)

House Speaker Congratulates Trump

In a statement published shortly after the Iowa caucus results were announced, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) congratulated former President Trump on his “resounding victory in Iowa.”

Mr. Johnson stopped short of urging the party to unite around the Republican frontrunner.

“Congratulations to President Donald Trump for a resounding victory in Iowa! Today, Republican voters turned out amid harsh conditions and showed their resolve to bring an end to the failed economic and open border policies of President Biden,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement on Monday night.

“Tonight’s vote was an endorsement of President Trump’s extraordinary record and his ongoing vision to fix our economy, secure our border, and defend the freedoms and values that make America great.”

Biden Campaign Fundraising Off Trump Victory

President Biden’s campaign is fundraising off of the GOP frontrunner’s Iowa caucus victory.

In an email to supporters soon after the results were announced, President Biden’s reelection team warned that President Trump would engage in “vile attacks, endless lies, and massive spending” if he secured the Republican nomination.

“The Iowa results are in, and it’s clear: Donald Trump is the official frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination,” the email said. “We need to work even harder now.”

President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he visits a coffee shop in Emmaus, Pa., on Jan. 12, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as he visits a coffee shop in Emmaus, Pa., on Jan. 12, 2024. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Before the caucuses began, President Biden’s campaign announced that it raised $97 million in the fourth quarter of 2023 and maintains $117 million cash on hand.

A majority of Republican presidential candidates have not published their fourth-quarter fundraising haul.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley recently announced her campaign raised $24 million in the October-to-December period, with $14.5 million on hand.

Speaking with Rev. Al Sharpton on his radio show “Keepin’ It Real,” President Biden said he is running for reelection because of his potential opponent’s “anti-democratic” statements.

“The things that Trump is saying. Trump is saying things that are just off the wall,” President Biden stated. “He’s the most anti-democratic … president in American history. The things he’s saying. And he means them. He’s talking about he’s running to get revenge on people. It’s just outrageous things.”

This comes as a new ABC News-Ipsos poll found that President Biden’s approval rating slumped to a new low of 33 percent. ABC News confirmed that it was the lowest approval rating since President George W. Bush’s from 2006 to 2008.
A Jan. 14 CBS News poll found that former President Trump maintains a two-point advantage over the incumbent.

Off to New Hampshire

On Jan. 23, New Hampshire Republicans will head to the polls.

According to RealClearPolitics’ poll averaging, former President Trump enjoys a comfortable 14-point lead.
The latest WHDH-TV-Emerson poll highlighted that the GOP frontrunner had 44 percent support, followed by former South Carolina Gov. and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (28 percent), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (7 percent), and Vivek Ramaswamy (4 percent).

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