Atlanta, GA – Ron DeSantis is set to resume his campaign tour across all 99 counties of Iowa, demonstrating his commitment to securing the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential race. The campaign trail, which will cover the expanse from Iowa Falls to Ames, including a tailgate at this year’s “CyHawk” football game on Saturday.
DeSantis, a Republican hailing from Florida, temporarily diverted his campaign efforts to respond to Hurricane Idalia last month. His handling of the crisis earned him widespread acclaim and served as a platform to display his executive leadership skills during challenging times. However, as he returns to the campaign spotlight, DeSantis faces a formidable obstacle in the form of former President Donald Trump’s significant lead in recent polling among GOP primary voters.
James Uthmeier, DeSantis’s campaign manager, expressed eagerness about their return to early primary states like Iowa. Uthmeier emphasized that DeSantis’s message resonates with voters who see him as a genuine leader driven by faith, love for family, and a commitment to service over self. He remarked that DeSantis’s actions align with his words, which has set him apart from other candidates.
Never Back Down Hosts Iowa Bus Tour with Ron DeSantis:
Hardin County Iowa Firefighter’s Association Convention with Guest Ron DeSantis
Saturday, September 9, 2023 @ 10:30 a.m. CT
145th Annual Iowa Firefighter’s Association Convention
Corner of Main Street and Estes Street, Iowa Falls, IA
Event Start Time: 10:30 a.m.
Never Back Down Story County Tailgate with Special Guest Gov. Ron DeSantis:
Saturday, September 9, 2023 @ 1:00 p.m. CT
Iowa State “CyHawk” Game Tailgate
Jack Trice Stadium, 1732 S 4th Street, Ames, IA
Event Start Time: 1:00 p.m. CT
The latest Wall Street Journal poll indicates a considerable surge in Trump’s popularity among Republicans, with his lead over DeSantis nearly doubling since April. A staggering 59 percent of Republicans identified Trump as their preferred candidate, while DeSantis trailed at 13 percent.
Similarly, a CNN poll released this week showed Trump with 52 percent support among Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters, compared to DeSantis’s 18 percent.
Despite these challenging numbers, DeSantis’s allies remain confident in his ability to secure the nomination. Justin Sayfie, a Republican strategist based in Florida, asserted that the fundamental dynamics of the race have not shifted. He characterized it as a two-person contest between Trump and DeSantis, with the latter still in contention.
Governor DeSantis’s bus tour, organized by Never Back Down, represents a renewed effort to sway voters and overcome the formidable lead held by former President Trump. It remains to be seen whether his campaign can regain momentum and secure the GOP nomination in the face of these poll numbers.