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Days before his first visit this year to the state that begins the race for the White House, a new poll indicates that former President Trump is more popular than ever in Iowa.

Thirty-three percent of Iovans hold a favorable view of the former president and 45% have an unfavorable view, according to a Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released Monday.

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The poll came less than a week before the former president’s rally on Saturday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. In his first visit to Iowa since losing last November’s presidential election, Trump is swooning the state, whose presidential nominations for half a century have kicked off the calendar.

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Trump’s favorable rating in Des Moines Register polling is his highest ever. According to the survey, which was conducted on September 12-15, it has been viewed favorably by 73% of self-identified evangelicals and 68% of rural voters. But the survey points to a wide gender divide, with 61% of men viewing Trump favorably but 52% of women viewing him in an unfavorable light. There is also an expected huge partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans, with independents split over the former president’s own views.

Iowa was once a major presidential battleground in presidential elections, but Trump held the Hawkeye State by 9 points in his 2016 White House victory and 8 points in his re-defeat last November.

While Trump’s current favorable rating in Iowa is above water, with President Biden just 37% favorable and 61% unfavourable in the same poll, his worst score ever in Des Moines Register polling.

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Trump’s scores among Iowa Republicans put him in the same league as GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds, who holds a 90% favorable rating in the poll among his party’s people, and he is topped by longtime Republican Sen. Which has 81% compatibility.

Surveyor J. “I didn’t imagine the day Donald Trump would be 10 points more popular with Iowa Republicans than the venerable Chuck Grassley,” Ann Selzer told the Des Moines Register.

Trump, who remains very popular and influential with Republican voters and politicians across the country, has continued to play the role of kingmaker in GOP primary politics, as he has repeatedly returned to the White House to try and return Another presidential flirt in 2024.

Trump issued what appears to be a warning shot

A source close to the former president’s political class told Granthshala News that Trump made the remarks in a new interview—where he said that if he ran for president again, most other Republicans would “drop out” and that he would Will beat people who challenged him – can be interpreted as a kind of warning shot.

Trump is leading all extremely early elections in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has seen his standing among conservatives nationwide over the past year and a half thanks in large part to his belligerent push back against COVID-19 restrictions amid the pandemic.

Trump says he knows what will happen if he faces DeSantis or other challenges to the GOP presidency in 2024

“I don’t think I will face him,” Trump said in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “I think most people will leave, I think he will leave.”

But Trump said that “if I faced him, I would beat him like I beat everyone else.”

A close adviser to Trump’s political class, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, told Granthshala News he doesn’t think DeStantis is “going to jump in the primary against the president. I truly believe that.” There is zero chance of that happening.”

The source said Trump’s comments in the Yahoo Finance interview could be interpreted as a warning shot to other potential challengers for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, but “it gives too much credence to a concern.” That they’ll be involved, because I don’t know is a tremendous concern.”

DeSantis, who faces potentially challenging re-election next year, continues to spark more 2024 speculation with his political trips outside the Sunshine State. He was in western New York state on Tuesday, where he continues to raise large sums of money as he prepares for his 2022 election campaign.

DeSantis pushed back against speculation of 2024 last week, telling Granthshala News host Sean Hannity, “I’m not thinking of anything beyond doing my job.”

“We have a lot of things going on in Florida. I’m going to run for re-election next year and we’re working on a lot of things in the state,” the governor stressed Thursday. “Hannity Night” on Granthshala News.

source not disputed A Washington Post story On Monday, Trump’s top advisers had to talk to the former president to announce a 2024 bid in August, as Biden’s polling numbers plummeted amid a turbulent US exit from Afghanistan.

The source said the story was “highly publicized” but “is not an unfair representation of what happened,” adding that Trump was “serious about seeing this stuff.”