Blizzard conditions and extreme temperatures make it another day of difficult travel for candidates trekking across the frozen tundra of Iowa.
Until tonight, a Blizzard Warning is in effect for thirty-two of Iowa’s ninety-nine counties. Little new snow has fallen, but a mix of flurries and light snow on top of the 6 to 12 inches that fell on Thursday and Friday, together with wind gusts up to 45 mph, will make for blowing snow conditions that will make visibility almost nonexistent. Road travel is “not advised” across most of the state, according to the state’s Department of Transportation.
The campaigns have already cancelled a few events due to the dangerous weather, as Friday’s blizzard nearly ruined most of their plans.
Despite the wind chill, the temperatures this morning felt twenty or twenty-five degrees lower than zero. With a predicted wind chill of minus-33 in Des Moines at 6 p.m. on Monday, one hour before the caucuses begin, the majority of the state was placed under a Wind Chill Warning until Tuesday.
Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made it clear that her favourite candidate, Ron DeSantis, will be victorious in Monday’s Iowa primary, shattering expectations in the process.
In recent polls, DeSantis has been lagging behind Trump. However, Reynolds, who has been a prominent surrogate for DeSantis and who endorsed him, told an audience in Council Bluffs that the polls and media are fabricating a “false narrative.”
“Who’s ready to caucus for Ron DeSantis?” Reynolds yelled out for applause. It’s because of the level of involvement and the fight we have that I’m confident Ron DeSantis will win the Iowa caucuses on Monday. It will not be the media, the polls, or the misleading storyline they are attempting to construct, as Bob Vander Plaats put it.