Iowa’s gates open for Republicans looking to flee the White House

CEDAR RAPIDS: The election was closed Iowa in less than 48 hours when a South Carolina senator. Tim Scott shook hands and posed for photos with Republicans from Eastern Iowa at a country club in Cedar Rapids last week.
Scott, one of many Republicans testing his presidential ambitions, hardly owns the state for himself.
At least half a dozen Republican presidential candidates are planning visits to Iowa this summer, raids that are being touted as encouraging candidates and the state’s Republican organization ahead of the fall midterm elections. But in fact, travel is about building relationships and a study of political geography in the state, planned to launch the party’s nomination campaign in 2024.
While potential presidential candidates have been immersed in Iowa for more than a year, the next round of visits marks a new phase in the ritual. After the June 7 primary in Iowa was called off, Republicans looking to the White House can increase their travel and not worry about interfering in the state’s internal party rivalry.
“Now that it’s done, it’s complete,” said Republican Chairman Jeff Kaufman. “It’s unlimited.”
In addition to Scott, former UN Ambassador Nicki Haley is expected to visit later this month and plans to campaign with as many Republicans as possible in the Iowa Congress in just over two days.
Hailey, who is also a former governor of South Carolina, another state with an early vote in the presidential calendar, plans to begin her trip to Eastern Iowa on June 29 with her first term in office. Marianne Miller-Mix. She will also lead a state fundraiser from the GOP in Dubuque.
Working from the Mississippi Valley to the west, she plans to organize a fundraiser for the governor. Kim Reynolds. Hailey will also campaign with Zack Nunn, elected to stand for two terms Democratic Republic. Cindy Aksn, who is among the most vulnerable members of the House this year. Hailey’s still fluid schedule includes a visit to the rapper. Randy Finstra’s annual fundraising in western Iowa, charged with the Republican Party.
Senator from Arkansas Tom Cottonwho visited several times in 2021, is expected the first week of July to speak at a county GOP dinner in Story County, central Iowa.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has visited Iowa more frequently than any potential Republican party, is working out details of his return in late summer, aides said, possibly scheduled for the Iowa State Fair in August, a legendary draw for prospective candidates. .
Pompeo really supported Nun before the primary election, in homage to their shared military experience, Pompeo aides said.
The plans also come in light of the unanimous decision of the Republican National Committee in April to open the 2024 presidential election sequence in Iowa, an issue that still hangs over Iowa Democrats.
In 2020, a smartphone app designed to calculate and report the results of the Democratic Assembly failed, leading to a telephone backlog that prevented the party from reporting final results for nearly a week after February. 3 competition. The Associated Press said it was unable to announce a winner after irregularities and inconsistencies clouded the results.
Deprived of their automatic special status in April, the Iowa Democrats are trying to save their leading position with a plan to allow early participation in the mail and streamline the sometimes time-consuming process.
With Joe Biden in the White House, Democrats with White House ambitions have largely kept their distance from Iowa.
sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent representative who won the Caucasus in 2016 and was the last candidate to drop out of the 2020 race, was in southeastern Iowa on Friday to raise support for United Auto Workers striking in a factory. for CNH agricultural machinery. Sanders’ plans, which also include a stop in southeastern Wisconsin, have raised questions about whether the 80-year-old is considering a third White House bid. He said he would not challenge Biden if the president called for re-election, and Sanders’ advisers said there were no changes to his plans.
On the part of the Republican Party, Scott’s return was not only timely. It reflects the dual goals of these early appearances, partly a presentation and partly a demonstration of support for the local party.
The 56-year-old sketches his childhood as such, influenced by his grandparents, who helped raise him. Scott said of his grandfather, “For a man who picked cotton in the 1920s, he lived long enough to watch me choose a seat in the United States Congress.”
Sprinkled by the carefree contrasts of his hosts from the South and Midwest, Scott also wasted no time in noting that he had contributed money to his campaign fundraising account for Republican candidates from Iowa, including targeted freshmen from Eastern Iowa GOP House Miller. Meeks and Ashley Hinson.
“It will take us to get together,” he said at a table of about 10 barbecue sandwiches as he worked in the dining room before the event.
Even before the arrival of Scott, a former vice president Mike Pence was on the phone that day with President Kaufman and Steve Scheffler, the Republican National Committee of Iowa, to talk about the primary and the upcoming summer, they said.
Pence was planning a summer trip to Iowa, although the date has not yet been confirmed, a senior aide to the former vice president said.
In particular, the governor of Florida is missing from Iowa’s travel schedule. Ron DeSantis, among the most frequently mentioned emerging national Republican figures in talks with party activists in Iowa this year. DeSantis’ priority is to run for re-election this year, officials said.
“I love DeSantis,” said Emma Aquino-Nemecek, a member of the Lynn County Republican Central Committee who attended the Tim Scott event. “Can you imagine if he came?” He will pack the place.
DeSantis approached Iowa in September when he helped lead a fundraiser for the governor of Nebraska. Pete Ricketts, but he did not cross the Missouri River to touch Iowa soil.
Even more noticeable missing from the summer schedule so far is former President Donald Trump, who organized a a mass rally in Des Moines last year at the Iowa State Fairgroundsand has backed several Iowa Republicans.
Kaufman said he had not heard from Trump’s team. Similarly, Iowa operatives did not return reports to Trump.
However, Trump sent signals to Republicans in Iowa, paying for print ads in the program circulated at the State Congress of the Republican Party of Iowa on Saturday, as did Scott, Pompeo and a senator from Florida. Rick Scott.
Scheffler said non-Trump Republicans may feel encouraged in light of Georgia’s outright rejection of last month’s primary election for the former presidential candidate.
Gov. Brian Kemp won the GOP primary in comfort over David Purduewhom the former president backed after Trump narrowly lost to Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, arguing that without evidence, the results were invalid due to widespread voter fraud.
Reducing Trump’s influence in the primary election could signal other prospects in 2024 that the former president is not invincible, Scheffler said.
“If Trump continues to make these approvals and they go south, as he did in Georgia, who knows?” Scheffler said.

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