South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is putting all his chips on Iowa, declaring the state as the linchpin for his 2024 presidential campaign. In a recent appearance on the “Hugh Hewitt Show,” Scott made it clear that his performance in the upcoming Iowa Caucus will be a decisive factor in his continued run for the Republican nomination.
“We have made the decision that it’s Iowa or bust for us, and I’m looking forward to being there,” Scott told Hewitt. When pressed on whether a less-than-stellar finish in either Iowa or New Hampshire would lead to his withdrawal, Scott remained optimistic. “You know, Hugh, I’m not going to make any predictions other than that we will be in the top two in Iowa without any question,” he stated.
This comes on the heels of a recent NBC/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll that showed former President Donald Trump leading with 43% support in Iowa. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley are tied for second place, each with 16% support. Scott currently stands in fourth place with 7%.
“It’s one of the reasons why we’re heading to Iowa and staying there consistently,” Scott said, referring to his poll numbers. “Because we realize that historically speaking, Iowa voters, they break late in the cycle, and that’s great news, having an opportunity for us to continue to share our message.”
As part of his “all-in” strategy, Scott is returning to eastern Iowa this week to host a series of events. Starting on Wednesday, he will engage with the faith community, lead Bible Study sessions, and interact with Iowa caucus-goers. On Thursday, Scott has scheduled a meet and greet in Independence, IA, followed by a town hall in Decorah, IA later that evening.
Tim Scott Nov. 2 Iowa Campaign Details
Tim Scott To Host Meet And Greet In Independence, IA
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 12:00 PM CT
WHERE: Independence, IA.
Tim Scott To Host Town Hall In Decorah, IA
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 2023, 6:00 PM CT
WHERE: Decorah, IA.
Recent Polling Overview
Scott’s current standing in Iowa polls averages at 6.0%, according to RealClearPolitics. Nationally, he lags further behind with just 1.6% support. Apart from Trump, DeSantis, and Haley, tech mogul Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also outperform him in national polls.
The campaign landscape saw a recent shift with the suspension of former Vice President Mike Pence’s campaign, who had been polling ahead of Scott nationally with 3.5% support.
With his eyes set on Iowa, Scott is undeterred by these numbers and remains steadfast in his commitment to share his message with voters in the Hawkeye State.