Cerro Gordo county declares Trump winner of Iowa caucus

Iowa Caucus, Voters in Mason City

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(ABC 6 News) – Cerro Gordo County followed the rest of Iowa, announcing former President Donald Trump their caucus winner.

Hosting nearly half of precincts in the city, the halls of Mason City High School were packed with hundreds of Republican voters eager to make their voices heard.

For most of them, that meant another four years of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

“Since Trump left, the country doesn’t have any standing in the world anymore. Everything is falling apart, nobody respects us, the wars are coming up,” said Catherine Skellenger, a long-time supporter of Donald Trump.

However, not everyone thought Trump would be the right choice.

“DeSantis would be as good as Trump is, or was. To have them together as a pair might work, but I think DeSantis can give us eight years, Trump can only give us four,” said Bob Rawson, supporter of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

As first in the nation, the Iowa caucus sets the stage for the remainder of the 2024 presidential primaries.

“The Iowa caucus sets a lot of momentum for candidates, so this is where you want to get out if you really want to support your candidate,” said Tim Stumo, Cerro Gordo GOP Co-Chair.

Iowa is just the beginning; over the next few months the remaining 49 states will hold their own caucuses and primaries to determine the candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

Meanwhile, Democrats in Iowa still have until February 19 to request a mail-in presidential preference card.