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“There are two tickets out of Iowa,” Haley campaign spokesperson says

Olivia Perez-Cubas, a Haley campaign spokesperson, says “the expectations are largely on the two other fellas,” referring to Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. 

“We’ve got Donald Trump, who said repeatedly that he’s going to win by 60 points. We’ve got Ron DeSantis, who has invested over $150 million into Iowa. He has put all of his eggs into the Iowa basket. He has the endorsement of the governor. I mean, Iowa is do or die for him,” she told CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett. 

Perez-Cubas said the Haley campaign is confident it will have a strong showing in Iowa, but said the pressure is on Trump and DeSantis. 

“There’s a very large pressure on Trump and DeSantis to over-perform,” she said. “And ultimately, I think there are two tickets out of Iowa. I think one will go to Donald Trump and the next is going to go to Nikki Haley, and this is quickly becoming a two-person race.” 

By Caitlin Yilek


DeSantis spokesperson says he’s the “underdog” in Iowa

A spokesperson for the DeSantis campaign tried to tamp down expectations for the Florida governor, selling him as the “underdog” against Donald Trump and Nikki Haley. 

“I think when you think about the expectations of this race, they are sky high for Donald Trump and they are sky high for Nikki Haley,” Andrew Romeo told CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett ahead of the caucuses. “The reality is if she doesn’t have that strong second, it’s going to be a major letdown for her campaign. Trump has sky high expectations. Ron DeSantis comes in to tonight as the underdog, but that’s exactly how we like it.” 

Romeo said the campaign is confident about their standing in the race, adding that “everyone has written our political obituary almost every week,” but “we’re still here.” 

“We’re still fighting and we value this underdog position that we’re in, and we feel strongly about where we’re going to end up tonight,” he said. 

By Caitlin Yilek


Iowa Democrats are voting by mail

Iowa Democrats are voting by mail-in ballots


While Republicans are caususing on Monday night, Democrats are conducting mail-in ballots. The results will be released on March 5, Super Tuesday.

“This gives us an opportunity to have everyone participate who wants to as an Iowa Democrat in who the next president should be,” Iowa Democratic Party chair Rita Hart told CBS News. 

Watch more of Lilia Luciano’s interview with Hart in the player above, as well as CBS Minnesota’s Caroline Cummings report on the weather. 


Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker campaigns in Iowa for Biden

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker was in Iowa Monday as a surrogate for the Biden-Harris campaign. He said the three leading Republican candidates are all the same, just in different packaging. 

Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Hold News Conference Ahead of Iowa Caucus
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a news conference hosted by Biden-Harris 2024 National Advisory Board members in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 15, 2024. 

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“Tonight’s contest is simply a question of whether you like your MAGA-Trump agenda wrapped in the original packaging or with high heels or with lifts in their boots,” Pritzker said. “Instead their real decision will be made in the general election where the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Read more here from CBS Chicago. 


Trump adviser says “our people are going to show up” despite frigid weather

Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said he and his team are “feeling good” about the night. 

Miller told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett the campaign is “confident, not cocky” about Trump’s prospects. Miller said Trump supporters are used to camping out overnight for rallies, and chilly weather won’t deter them.

“Our people are going to show up,” Miller said. 

During a Sunday rally in Indianola, Iowa, Trump urged his supporters to get out and caucus for him, even at the expense of their health and life. 

“If you’re sick as a dog, you say, ‘Darling, I gotta make it,'” Trump told his rally-goers. “Even if you vote and then pass away, it’s worth it.”

By Kathryn Watson


What to watch in the Iowa caucuses

The CBS News political team is on the ground in Iowa as voters are about to kick off the 2024 presidential election. “CBS Mornings” co-host Tony Dokoupil is joined by Ed O’Keefe and Robert Costa to break down what’s at stake in the Iowa caucuses.

What to watch in the Iowa caucuses



Trump’s court cases overshadowing Iowa caucuses

The Iowa caucuses are Monday night. But this year, the presidential campaign trail runs through courthouses.

In Washington this past week, attorneys for former President Donald Trump argued in federal court that an ex-president should be immune from prosecution, arguments that seemed to get little love from the judges.

On Tuesday, Trump told reporters, “I feel that as a president, you have to have immunity. Very simple.”

A ruling could come in days, though it could be appealed to the Supreme Court. Read more here.

By Robert Costa


Ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Republican candidates tap voters’ economic frustrations

Republican presidential candidates are seeking to tap into voters’ discontentment with the U.S. economy as Americans hope for relief that eases their money concerns.

CBS News polling shows that a majority of Americans think the economy is in bad shape, despite many strong economic measures, such as low unemployment and a growing U.S. economy. 

But many voters are focused on the impact of inflation, which is rising at a slower pace than a year earlier amid the Federal Reserve’s interest rate-hike campaign. Even so, prices remain higher than prior to the pandemic, and millions of Americans say they are struggling to pay their basic household bills. 

Read more here.

By Megan Cerullo


How many delegates does Iowa have, and how will today’s caucuses impact the 2024 presidential nominations?

A candidate must receive the majority of delegates to win the nomination. For Republicans, this means securing 1,215 of the over 2,400 delegates. For Democrats, there are about 3,900 pledged delegates, and 1,969 are needed to win.

Read more here

By Ellen Uchimiya


Heading into Iowa caucuses, DeSantis says “a lot” of Iowans “haven’t made up a final decision”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, once widely viewed as the favorite to challenge former President Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, but who now appears to be battling Nikki Haley for second place, said his campaign feels “really good” heading into Monday night’s Iowa caucuses

After months of extensive time and money spent on the Hawkeye State by his campaign and super PAC, DeSantis is hopeful about his return on investment, even as polls show Trump maintaining a dominant lead.

“When people take a poll, they can push someone one way or other, but there’s a lot of people that still haven’t made up a final decision,” DeSantis told “CBS Mornings” anchor Tony Dokoupil. “So I think we’re in good situation to be able to capture that.”

Read more here and watch Tony Dokoupil’s full interview with DeSantis:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis previews 2024 Iowa caucuses


By Ellen Uchimiya


What is a caucus? A guide to tonight’s Iowa caucuses

Iowa Republicans will be voting for their preferred presidential candidate tonight in caucus precincts across the state after months of evaluating the candidates. A caucus is a political meeting, as opposed to a primary, which is an election. There are 1,670 precincts across Iowa that will be holding caucus meetings this evening.

A representative from each campaign is allowed to give a short speech in support of its candidate, and then ballots are handed out to the caucusgoers, who vote by secret ballot. The ballots are then collected and counted in open view of the caucus. A campaign representative is allowed to view the counting, but members of the press are not. 

After the results are tabulated, they’re recorded on a form by the caucus secretary and announced by the precinct chair and then submitted electronically to the Iowa Republican Party.  

Read more here.

By Caroline Linton

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