REPORT: DeSantis Will Drop Out of Race After Iowa Caucus
Regardless of what the Ron DeSantis campaign is saying, it seems pretty clear that the Governor of Florida has gone all-in on Iowa.
DeSantis has been spending all of his time there and has clearly sacrificed New Hampshire in the hopes that he can pull off an upset win in Iowa.
Rumors are now surfacing that if DeSantis does not win Iowa, he will pull out of the race that night or the following morning.
The DeSantis campaign responded to the rumor, stating, “Ron DeSantis is in this for the long haul.”
That, however, does not appear to be the case from the outside looking in.
DeSantis has slipped to fourth place in New Hampshire, so that fight is going to happen between Trump and Nikki Haley.
The majority of DeSantis’s campaign team are and have been in Iowa working the ground game, and DeSantis has visited every county, including pop-up visits around the state.
The problem for DeSantis is the schedule, which has South Carolina fourth in voting on February 24.
DeSantis knows that he will not fare well in South Carolina, it being Haley’s home state, so if he cannot win Iowa, this race is pretty much over.
Trump is leading DeSantis 75-15 in Nevada in the most recent polling, so he knows he has no shot of winning that state.
DeSantis is third in South Carolina, trailing Trump by 51 points in Michigan and Missouri, with no current polling available for Idaho and North Dakota, which are the remaining primaries before Super Tuesday.
So, it makes sense that DeSantis would end his campaign after Iowa unless he pulls off the monster upset.
Honestly, I still cannot believe that Trump was able to derail DeSantis’ campaign to this level when the two were literally dead even after the 2022 elections were done, with DeSantis having all the momentum.
Not only is this election almost over for him, but who knows how badly his political career has been impacted by this, and if he will ever be a viable candidate for president again.
Keep in mind, with all that Trump has said about him in the 2024 cycle, Trump will likely back whoever he nominates to be his VP in 2028, once again pitting MAGA against DeSantis.