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Donald Trump Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa, Securing Party's First 2024 Victory

The former president demonstrated his enduring grip on the GOP in the nation's first presidential contest of the year

<p>JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty</p> Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Aug. 8, 2023

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Aug. 8, 2023

Donald Trump secured the first win of the election year in Iowa on Monday, signaling a strong start in his third bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Associated Press called the caucuses for Trump just 31 minutes after they began.

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<p>Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty</p> Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis participated in a Republican presidential debate in Des Moines on Wednesday, battling severe weather in their final days of campaigning before the caucuses

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Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis participated in a Republican presidential debate in Des Moines on Wednesday, battling severe weather in their final days of campaigning before the caucuses

Iowa's 40 allotted delegates are but a drop in the bucket of the GOP's nearly 2,500 delegates up for grabs this year — but as the first state on the party's primary calendar, Iowa holds undeniable influence on public perception by separating the frontrunners from the long shots.

The winner of the Iowa caucuses traditionally enjoys a moment in the spotlight right as the election year heats up, and has better chances of securing the funding required to stay in the race through primary season.

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New Hampshire is up next on the Republican calendar, hosting a primary election on Jan. 23 that will determine how its 22 delegates are divided between the candidates. In New Hampshire, Trump's biggest threat appears to be Haley, with the other candidates polling far behind in the single digits.

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Whichever Republican candidate wins at least 1,234 delegates over the next five months will be declared the GOP nominee during the Republican National Convention in July.

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