Joe Biden is unconcerned about former president Donald Trump’s crushing defeat of Republican challengers in Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
Biden told reporters on Thursday, “Well, I don’t think Iowa means anything,” in response to a question regarding how Trump’s victory could affect his reelection campaign.
With 50,000 votes, the president received the fewest of any winner. “Let him make that judgement,” Biden remarked, referring to the thought that he might run away.
On Monday, the former president received fewer than 57,000 votes in a caucus that was plagued by historically cold temperatures, days of blizzards, and an uninspiring race in the state.
A considerably lower number of votes were cast earlier this week for Trump than for prior Iowa winners in races with more competitive fields; for example, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received 52,000 ballots, or around 28 percent of the vote in the 2016 caucuses.
A mere fifteen percent of Iowa’s registered Republicans showed out to caucus, with only one hundred and ten thousand people casting ballots, as reported by The Des Moines Register. Business Insider reports that the Republican presidential primary had the lowest turnout in 24 years.
On the other hand, Trump easily knocked out former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (19%) and Florida governor Ron DeSantis (21%).
The national polls show that Trump is still far ahead of his Republican opponents, while Biden is clearly leading a Democratic field that includes Marianne Williamson, a self-help guru, and Minnesota Representative Dean Phillips. So, it looks like they will be facing off again in November.
Among the candidates running for New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday are Trump, Haley, and DeSantis. Even though Biden won’t be appearing on the ballot in New Hampshire next week, his supporters have started a write-in campaign to ensure his victory there.