Those polls saying Trump held a runaway lead over the rest of the pack turned out to be accurate. This win was so solid that it set a record.
As of 11:35 p.m. ET, the New York Times reported Trump had garnered 51 percent of the vote, with 95 percent reporting. He sat 29.7 points ahead of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) at 21.3 percent as of this writing. The mammoth margin, which will change slightly one way or another as the last five percent of the vote is tabulated, shatters Dole’s record by roughly 17 points as things currently stand.
What is more, Trump appears to have garnered the highest vote share in Iowa Republican caucus history. Former President George Bush had performed the best of any Republican candidate going back to 1972 with 41 percent, data from the Des Moines Public Library shows. — Breitbart
Here are more complete numbers as listed by NBC.
Trump came close to running the table. Here is the map. Notice only one county is a different color than the others.
That is the one Nikki won. But even that county’s win comes with an asterisk. In that one, she edged out Trump by a single vote.
Of course, by the end of the night, Vivek admitted defeat, suspended his campaign, and threw his support behind Donald Trump. If Vivek had done so even one day earlier, Trump would have run the table.
Here is Vivek’s official announcement.
🚨VIVEK: "As of this moment we are going to be suspending this Presidential campaign… This has to be an America First candidate in that White House… Earlier tonight I called Donald Trump… and now going forward he will have my full endorsement for President." pic.twitter.com/GdcSzKPf3z
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 16, 2024
And a tweet giving an explanation.
This entire campaign is about speaking the TRUTH. We did not achieve our goal tonight & we need an America-First patriot in the White House. The people spoke loud & clear about who they want. Tonight I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Donald J. Trump and will do everything…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) January 16, 2024
Nikki is already trying to claim it’s now a two-person race, when really, both she and DeSantis are lagging miles behind.
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