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Kari Lake to Newsmax: Cold, Trump Will Break Iowa Records

By    |   Saturday, 13 January 2024 12:09 PM EST

Despite the record cold forecast for Iowa for Monday's first-in-the-nation caucus, Arizona's Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake predicted on Newsmax the record-breaking will be former President Donald Trump's margin of victory.

"The greatest victory we've ever seen historically in Iowa since 1972 in the caucus, when there's been a crowded field, is a 12-point victory; I think President Trump will surpass that," Lake, a Trump campaign surrogate, told "Saturday Report."

"But we can't go out and act like it's going be a blowout and we don't show up. So that's one thing I worry about. We've got to get out there. Iowa, you've got to get out there and show up, assume it's a 1-point victory and get out there and show up."

Lake, an Iowa native, is stumping for Trump amid a winter storm that is bringing record freezing temperatures to the caucus, but the cold temperatures will only make Trump's extreme voter enthusiasm surpass all challengers in the state.

"Iowans are tough, and I know that because I grew up here; this is my home state, and you know, January is one of the coldest months here, and people are tough," Lake told host Rita Cosby. "They've got the warm clothes and they're ready to get out on Monday, and the enthusiasm for President Trump is off the charts right now.

"We know how the polling has looked for him and people are going to show up. I mean the support he has goes a mile deep. These other guys that support they have goes an inch deep.

"And so if anyone's going to stay home because it's cold, it's going to be supporters of the other guys.

"But I have full faith that the folks here in Iowa understand that history will be made on Monday. They are going to start the trajectory of getting our country back on track and saving this great nation."

The love for Trump was forged over many years and not just a function of hitting 99 counties in a glad-handing tour, according to Lake.

"The people of this state love President Trump," Lake said. "They really do. They know what he did for them during his four years as president. In three years, he brought this state more than 22,000 new jobs, more than half of them in manufacturing. Conversely, you know, Biden lost this state a couple 1,000 jobs, so they know that he helped make ethanol a year round fuel and actually was helpful in making us energy independent. They know that he had the courage, the spine to take on the CCP and China, which was doing so much damage to the Iowa economy, and he had the courage to take them on.

"He got rid of the estate tax that was preventing family farms from staying in the family. He's done so much for this beautiful state, and there's a relationship and love that Iowa has with President Trump.

"He doesn't have to hit every 99 county."

Trump was forced to cancel rallies Friday and Saturday due to caution with the snow storm, but he is returning to the state to host an Indianola, Iowa, rally Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, which is planned to air live on Newsmax.

"With all the witch hunts they're throwing at him and four different jurisdictions, the people of this state understand that the election interference at a national is really high with President Trump," Lake added. "And that's why we've got surrogates here, such as myself and many others who are happy, more than happy, to stand up and speak out for our favorite president, just like the folks on caucus night will be doing.

"They stand up and they give their stump speech for their favorite president, President Donald Trump."

While Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has a strong ground game in Iowa, having completed the "Full Grassley" tour of all 99 counties, named after longtime Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Lake sees a potential surprise finisher being Vivek Ramaswamy.

"I think the surprise could be that Vivek Ramaswamy might actually do better than one of these others — perhaps he comes in third place over DeSantis — who knows?" Lake said. "I mean, that's where I think a surprise might be in the position of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on and so on."


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Despite record cold forecast for Iowa for Monday's first-in-the-nation caucus, Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake predicted on Newsmax the record-breaking will be former President Donald Trump's margin of victory.
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Saturday, 13 January 2024 12:09 PM
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