Invoking Jesus, Republicans brace for Iowa caucuses in record coldInvoking Jesus, Republicans brace for Iowa caucuses in record cold

On Friday, just three days before the important nominating race, the harsh winter weather in Iowa made things very hard for the Republican candidates for president. Nikki Haley, who used to be governor of South Carolina, had to cancel all three of her events because the roads were too dangerous because of the heavy snow, freezing temperatures, and strong winds.

During a video town hall meeting with people in northwest Iowa, she said, “I sure feel a long way from South Carolina right now.” The planned in-person campaign stops had to be cancelled because of bad weather, so virtual events had to be used instead, which was better.

Donald Trump wasn’t in Iowa on Friday. He is the most likely Republican candidate to make a big difference in the election. An important campaign event with Kari Lake as a guest was cancelled “for the safety of our guests.”

In Iowa and across the country, Trump still has a big lead over his primary opponents, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Haley. The current race to be the Republican candidate against Vice President Joe Biden in the November election shows how strong this control is.

DeSantis and Haley are both trying to show that they are the best option to Trump. They are both in a close race for second place in Iowa.

DeSantis held an event near Des Moines on Friday morning, even though the weather was bad. He talked about how excited he was for the caucuses on Monday night. He said that the weather would probably be cold and unpleasant, but he stressed how important votes are in shaping the political environment. To get people in Iowa to vote for him, he stressed how important their votes were at this crucial point in the race.

One enthusiast, expressing unwavering support for Trump, mentioned seeking divine intervention from Jesus ahead of Monday. The night is expected to be exceptionally cold, with temperatures plummeting to as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 degrees Celsius) in some areas.

At an event featuring Donald Trump Jr. in Urbandale on Thursday, evangelist Patricia Lage shared her hope for warmer weather, saying, “I’m asking for it to be warmer in Jesus’ name.” Despite the challenging forecast, Lage emphasised the steadfast commitment of Trump supporters, noting that, regardless of the weather, the loyalty of Trump enthusiasts is unyielding.

HARDINESS

Both the Trump and DeSantis camps said they were sure that their fans would show up on Monday. Chris LaCivita, who is co-managing the Trump campaign, said that the large crowds at Trump’s events show how passionate his supporters are. He talked about how dedicated his fans are by mentioning the long lines at these events.

David Polyansky, who was DeSantis’s deputy campaign manager, thought that the planning work done in Iowa, where the candidate went to all 99 counties, would be very important in getting people to vote, even though the weather was bad. Polyansky stressed how important a strong ground game and campaign past are for dealing with these kinds of situations.

When asked about what would happen after Iowa, Polyansky made it clear that DeSantis had no plans to drop out, revealing that the candidate would be taking part in the talks in New Hampshire. Even though DeSantis is very close to Haley in Iowa, he is already thinking about New Hampshire, where he is currently behind her.

“We’re in it for the long haul.” That’s a very important point to make,” Polyansky said, stressing that they were determined to stay in the race after Iowa.

OREGON COURT SIDESTEPS TRUMP CHALLENGE

The top court in Oregon didn’t hear a challenge to Trump’s fitness for the state’s May Republican primary because the 14th Amendment says that people who are involved in “insurrection” can’t hold office. The state Supreme Court put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court could look into a related case in Colorado.

The challengers, a group of five state voters backed by the campaign group Free Speech for People, could bring their case back to court if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in their favour after the arguments on February 8.

Legal battles over Trump’s candidature have broken out in several states. Trump’s critics say that spreading false information about the 2020 election and then telling followers to stop the certification of results is an act of rebellion. Trump was not allowed to run for office in Colorado and Maine, but both states have temporarily put their decisions on hold while Trump files appeals. The upcoming decision by the U.S. Supreme Court should make it clearer whether Trump is eligible, but it might not end the case fully.

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