GOP Congressman Chip Roy, a strong advocate for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has noted a notable uptick in DeSantis’ support in Iowa ahead of the caucuses. In an interview with Fox News Digital, Roy stressed that DeSantis is building steam at a pivotal moment and is well-positioned to surpass predictions in the next caucus.
Roy called the surge in support for Governor DeSantis “massive,” pointing out that it is based on public engagement and attention as well as polling data. Roy thinks the race will be much closer than expected, even though Real Clear Politics’ average of polls shows that former President Trump leads DeSantis by a significant margin in Iowa.
DeSantis has been engaging with voters and actively campaigning throughout Iowa, attending a number of events. Roy emphasized the governor’s town-to-town campaigning efforts and his attendance at a sizable church service in Des Moines that drew about 2000 people. Congressman Thomas Massie and Roy have noted a notable level of attendance and enthusiasm at these events.
Roy also offered his thoughts on the political dynamics surrounding other contenders, like Nikki Haley. He stated that Haley’s support had declined as a result of Iowa voters not finding her comments about New Hampshire having to correct them tolerable. Roy also noted that voters are responding favorably to DeSantis’s message of finishing the projects that former President Trump began.
The congressman emphasized that DeSantis’s economic policies and opposition to mandates, among other accomplishments in Florida, were major contributors to his growing popularity. Additionally, he touched on voters’ worries about Trump’s legal troubles and the danger they represent to the outcome of the presidential election.
Roy believes that DeSantis’s leadership in these areas—best demonstrated by his actions such as transporting undocumented immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard—has greatly benefited his campaign, since immigration and the economy are among the most important issues for Iowa voters.
Roy is optimistic that the results of the Iowa caucuses will be closer than most anticipate. He expresses doubt about Trump’s ability to win a majority in Iowa and suggests closely monitoring the situation. He also predicts that DeSantis will perform well.
This turn of events in the Republican presidential primary emphasizes how dynamic and unpredictable political campaigns can be, particularly in crucial states like Iowa where shifting public sentiment can drastically alter the course of elections.