Five things to watch for as the Iowa Republican caucus results roll in

Five things to watch for as the Iowa Republican caucus results roll in

As the Iowa caucuses unfold Monday night, Republicans face an unprecedented situation in which a virtual presidential incumbent will be competing in a contest that typically favors upstart candidates who have effectively relocated their lives to the Hawkeye State for the better part of the previous year.

However, Donald Trump, who has mostly dominated Iowa polling, needed no such introduction to the state’s highly conservative, heavily evangelical voters. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, by contrast, eventually dedicated most of his resources to winning the state, despite his original game plan of running an expansive 18-state ground offensive.  

Former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has spent significant time in Iowa but left her biggest footprint in New Hampshire, where polling and the recent exit of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggest she has an outside chance of upsetting Trump.  

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