Democrat Governor Says Trump’s Win in Iowa Is a Bad Sign for His Campaign

J.B. Pritzker, Illinois’s Democrat governor, said he believes that former President Donald Trump’s overwhelming victory in the Iowa caucuses might be a bad sign for his campaign. Prtizker’s comments come after Trump won over 50 percent of the vote, with rivals Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley coming in a distant second and third place, respectively.

Nothing to brag about

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Media outlets, including CNN, called the race for the former president just minutes after the caucuses began, and Trump ended up winning 51 percent of the vote. Despite the strong results, Pritzker, a reelection campaign advisor for President Joe Biden, didn’t see the January 15 caucus as a big victory for Trump.

GOP voters against Trump

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“Almost half of the base of the Republican Party showing up for this caucus tonight voted against Donald Trump. Think about that,” Pritzker said in an MSNBC interview with Rachel Maddow.

The face of MAGA

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“I mean, this is the most famous Republican. He’s the guy who, you know, basically built the modern Republican Party, the MAGA Republican Party that the Democrats are running against, and half the people in that party didn’t vote for Donald Trump,” the governor said.

Opportunity for Biden

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“I think that is telling. It tells you the weakness of Donald Trump and also the opportunity for Democrats because, in the end, look, if the base doesn’t turn out for Donald Trump in the general election enthusiastically and Democrats turn out its base, this is all about, you know, independents, and independents don’t like Donald Trump,” he continued.

Look on the bright side

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Pritzker argued that caucuses tend to attract the most die-hard supporters, and if around half of them won’t back Trump, it’s good news for Biden.

On track for a Biden victory

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The Illinois governor has been a vocal critic of Trump and added that the race for the White House could be “over” if Trump wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Trump Jrs.

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“But the truth is, all of these candidates are running as sort of mini-me Trump Republicans,” he said of the 2024 Republican presidential field.

Lacking originality

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“They all have exactly the position that you mentioned earlier: six-week ban on abortion, they want a national abortion ban, the Republican Party is standing against working families, and Donald Trump is representative of, I think, everything that is wrong with the current environment in politics.”

Trump dominating GOP

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Despite Pritzker’s sentiment, Trump has looked strong in polls of Republican voters. A large majority sees him as the best candidate in the GOP field, and he has dominated national primary polls. In The Hill/Decision Desk HQ’s average of national polls, Trump has a 53-point lead over his rivals.

Close call

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But among moderate and independent voters, Biden and Trump are neck and neck, setting up a potentially tight result in the 2024 election.

Only Biden can defeat Trump

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Biden’s reelection campaign has attempted to shift focus to Trump, boosting the president as the only viable candidate for a second Trump term and its potential consequences. Biden has emphasized Trump’s anti-democratic sentiments over the past few weeks, especially in the wake of the third anniversary of January 6.

Off to New Hampshire

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The next GOP vote is in New Hampshire and is set for January 23. Trump leads former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in the Granite State by 8 percent in polling averages.

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