Former US President garners over 51 per cent in first Republican party caucus as biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who came in fourth announces he will end his presidential quest and endorse Trump
By TASS News Agency
Former US President Donald Trump secured a landslide victory in the Republican caucuses (gatherings of party activists) in the key Midwestern farm state of Iowa, according to results published on the Iowa Republican Party’s website.
With all ballots counted, Trump scored 51 per cent of the vote.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in second with 21.2 per cent, while former South Carolina Governor and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, placed third with 19.1 per cent. Haley, who had served in the Trump administration, garnered more votes than the former president in one of Iowa’s 99 counties.
Among the other Grand Old Party (GOP) candidates, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, came in fourth with 7.7 per cent. He immediately announced that he would be calling an end to his quixotic presidential quest and plans to endorse Trump in the election slated for November.
The January 15 caucuses in Iowa marked the start of the Republican Party’s process for selecting its nominee to go up against the eventual Democratic Party nominee, who is widely assumed will be incumbent President Joe Biden.
Biden officially launched his campaign to seek a second term in the White House on April 25, 2023. His predecessor, Trump, announced his own comeback re-election bid in November 2022.
Trump is regarded as the runaway favourite to win the Republican Party’s nomination, which would be his third time in a row at the top of the GOP ticket.
The US will hold its 60th presidential election on Tuesday, November 5, 2024.