After the conversion, it's more than 95 percent clear that Trump is ahead of his rivals. The former president can count on 51 percent. Support, which is about the same as what recent opinion polls showed.
Ron DeSantis came in second with 21.2 percent. His campaign faced some difficulties in recent weeks, but he was nevertheless able to surpass former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, who received 19.1 percent. Votes.
Fourth place went to businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. He won by about 7.7 percent. Votes.
New Hampshire will vote next week. Polls show Trump also has an advantage over his rivals there, but not to the same extent as in other states. The former president there enjoys support of more than 43 percent, and Haley can count on about 30 percent. Votes.
Unusual Iowa primaries and extreme weather conditions
The Republican primary in Iowa looks different than in other states. This is not a classic election in which the voter comes to the electoral commission, takes the ballot, throws it in the ballot box and leaves.
Instead, you must come to the polling station at a specified time, listen to speeches by representatives of each candidate, and then cast your vote. For Democrats, the procedure is more complex and resembles a discussion club rather than just a voting process.
This year, extreme weather conditions were an additional obstacle for people who wanted to vote. In some parts of the state, temperatures dropped to below minus 30 degrees Celsius, and in the state capital, Des Moines, the temperature reached minus 20 degrees Celsius at the time of voting.
Snow storm in Iowa
Due to weather conditions in the final days before the vote, Trump, Haley and DeSantis all canceled their meetings with voters.
Republican primaries. Trump is the clear favorite
The Iowa primary is the first round of voting in individual states, which will continue until early June. This is how the Republican Party will choose its presidential candidate to face President Biden next November.
There is a certain number of delegates in each state. Whoever wins the elections in a particular state wins the votes of all the state's delegates (there are exceptions to this rule, as sometimes – as in Iowa – there is a proportional system). Whoever wins more than half of the delegates from all states wins the primaries and becomes the party's nominee in the presidential election.
National opinion polls give Trump a clear advantage over other Republicans. The former president can count on an average approval rating of more than 61%. Haley comes in second with 12 percent, while DeSantis comes in third with 10.7 percent.
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