ABC News and CNN have scrapped their planned Republican primary debates ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary after Nikki Haley declared she would only take part if Donald Trump finally faced his rivals on stage, leaving only Ron DeSantis willing to participate.

Ms Haley wrote on X after the Iowa caucuses that Mr Trump had “ducked” all of the GOP debates and now had “nowhere left to hide”.

“The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it,” she added.

On Monday night, Mr Trump roared to victory in Iowa, with 51 per cent of the Republican vote.

Ms Haley lost out to Mr DeSantis in the battle for second place, with both vowing to soldier on to New Hampshire.

Vivek Ramaswamy dropped out of the race and swiftly endorsed Mr Trump after securing less than eight per cent of the vote, appearing with him at a Granite State rally the following evening, where he was tipped as a possible running mate.

Asa Hutchinson also pulled out on Tuesday, after failing to make any meaningful impact on the race.

Key Points

  • DeSantis slams rivals’ ‘basement campaigns’ as New Hampshire GOP debates axed

  • Iowa caucus results: Trump’s big win marks first step toward GOP nomination

  • Haley beats Trump by one vote in Johnson County – ruining his clean sweep of caucuses

  • Ramaswamy drops out of 2024 race – and endorses Trump

  • Hutchinson suspends presidential campaign after woeful Iowa showing

Trump trolls Haley with Hillary Clinton meme

23:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump has unleashed a barrage of disparaging memes against his political rival Nikki Haley, including a crudely photoshopped image seemingly comparing her to Hillary Clinton.

The former president made multiple posts on his social media platform Truth Social on Tuesday and Wednesday, following his decisive win at the Iowa caucuses, and ahead of their next clash in New Hampshire next week.

Mike Bedigan reports:

Trump trolls Nikki Haley with Hillary Clinton meme image

Macron says he could work with Trump: ‘I take the leaders people give me’

22:20 , Joe Sommerlad

We’ve just heard about Justin Trudeau’s anxiety over the prospect of a second Trump administration.

By contrast, France’s president is rather more pragmatic.

Here’s Maroosha Muzaffar on what he had to say.

Macron says he could work with Trump: ‘I take the leaders people give me’

Hutchinson ‘gratified’ for rebuffing of ridicule over campaign ending

22:10 , Oliver O’Connell

Harris responds to Haley claiming US has ‘never’ been racist country

21:50 , Oliver O’Connell

Kamala Harris has rejected Nikki Haley’s claim on Fox News that the United States has “never” been a racist country.

The vice president criticised the Republican 2024 hopeful a day after Ms Haley rejected the suggestion she finished third in the Iowa caucuses behind two white men because of the colour of her skin.

Ms Haley, Donald Trump’s former ambassador to the UN, made her comments during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News in response to comments by MSNBC host Joy Reid.

“We’re not a racist country… We’ve never been a racist country,” she said.

Graeme Massie reports on what the vice president said in response:

Kamala Harris responds to Nikki Haley claiming US has ‘never’ been racist country

Trump re-election ‘won’t be easy’ for Canada, says Trudeau

21:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said that if Trump is re-elected as US president, it will not “be easy” for Canada.

His remarks on Tuesday echo concerns by Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, who previously warned that the re-election of the former president would be a threat to Europe.

Mike Bedigan has more.

Trump re-election ‘won’t be easy’ for Canada, says PM Justin Trudeau

Nevada GOP can’t decide between a primary or a caucus — so they’re doing both…

20:50 , Joe Sommerlad

After Donald Trump stormed the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, blowing his nearest challengers for the Republican presidential nomination into a distant second and third, all eyes will be on New Hampshire next Tuesday to see if he can repeat the feat.

The race is now a three-way chase following the exits of Chris Christie, Vivek Ramaswamy and Asa Hutchinson and survivors Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley have it all to do if they are to weaken Mr Trump’s stranglehold over their party with a strong showing in the Granite State.

Assuming they are still considered competitive after that, they will next head to Nevada – and find themselves thrust into one of the most bizarre electoral systems in the 50 states, where two competing nominating contests are being held.

Because why choose between a primary and a caucus when you could just have both and confuse everybody?

Here’s a quick guide for the baffled:

Nevada Republicans can’t decide between a primary or a caucus – so they’re doing both

Analysis: Trump’s election lies are thriving. His GOP rivals aren’t challenging them

20:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump’s supporters continue doggedly to adopt his bogus narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, with nearly 70 per cent of his Iowa caucus voters falsely believing President Joe Biden was illegitimately elected.

Asked whether they believed President Biden was legitimately elected to the presidency in 2020, more than two-thirds of Iowa caucus goers said no, according to entrance polls from Monday night’s caucuses.

That includes 69 per cent of Iowa caucus goers who supported Trump. Only 11 per cent of his supporters in Iowa believe the president was legitimately elected.

Alex Woodward has more.

Trump’s election lies are thriving. His GOP rivals aren’t challenging them

Trump and Ramaswamy spark vice president rumours

19:54 , Oliver O’Connell

Former President Donald Trump and former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy sparked vice president rumours while at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

“He’s a fantastic guy. He’s got something that’s very special,” Mr Trump said of the businessman who dropped out of the race on Monday and endorsed him instead. “It’s an honour to have his endorsement,” Mr Trump continued.

“He’s going to be working with us and he’ll be working with us for a long time.”

Michelle Del Ray reports:

Trump and Ramaswamy spark vice president rumours at New Hampshire rally

Ted Cruz endorses man he once called ‘a pathological liar’ for Republican nomination

19:20 , Joe Sommerlad

The Texas senator – whom Trump derided as “Lyin’ Ted” in 2016, whose wife he called ugly and whose father he suggested had been involved in the Kennedy assassination – has once again crawled out from under a hot rock to offer his grovelling endorsement to the front-runner.

Never Trumpers on social media wasted no time in calling him out on his screeching hypocrisy.

What next for Haley as New Hampshire showdown looms?

18:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Nikki Haley is having a moment. Whether it will evolve into a disaster remains to be seen.

The former governor and UN ambassador entered the Iowa caucuses on Monday with the wind at her back, boosted by climbing poll numbers in every state and with campaign-watchers believing that a rout of her rival, Florida governor Ron DeSantis, was at hand.

Instead, she settled for third place. DeSantis came out ahead, barely but verifiably on top. Trump, the continued frontrunner for the nomination, was miles away — more than 30 points separated Trump and Haley’s final percentage totals.

Despite this, she was unbent on the stage of her caucus-night event in Clive, Iowa.

Appearing onstage after Vivek Ramaswamy showed up at his own event and dropped out, the ex-ambassador declared the 2024 GOP primary to be a two-person race going forward. DeSantis, she argued (somewhat questionably, given the result), is no longer a factor.

John Bowden has more on her prospects ahead of New Hampshire, where she is polling much more favourably.

What next for Nikki Haley as her New Hampshire showdown with Trump looms?

Jimmy Kimmel trolls Ramaswamy for kissing Trump’s ‘orange a**’

17:20 , Joe Sommerlad

The late night host was on scathing form ridiculing the now-former Republican candidate on his show on Tuesday evening.

“Even though he was running against Trump, he never missed an opportunity to plant one on his big orange ass,” Kimmel said.

“And that call went straight to voicemail,” Mr Kimmel joked. “He’s never going to hook up with you, dude. It’s just not gonna happen.”

Martha McHardy has more.

Jimmy Kimmel trolls Ramaswamy for kissing Trump’s ‘orange a**’

Ramaswamy stumps for Trump and calls for Haley and DeSantis to drop out amid VP talk

16:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Vivek Ramaswamy, who ended his own presidential campaign after Iowa, appeared on stage with Trump in Atkinson, New Hampshire, last night and enjoyed a warm reception, with the crowd chanting “VP” at one point, arguing for him as the Republican front-runner’s next running mate.

However, senior Trump adviser Jason Miller appears to have already ruled out that possibility.

Amazing that it was only this weekend that Trump attacked his then-rival as “not MAGA” and warned Iowa voters not to be “duped” into voting for him.

Ramaswamy also dutifully appeared on Fox News last night and called on Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis to follow his example by dropping out and endorsing Trump.

Laura Ingraham also advocated for the same outcome.

After unnoticeable Iowa caucus showing, Hutchinson drops out

15:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson dropped out of the 2024 presidential race on Tuesday after a whisper of a performance in the Iowa caucuses.

Mr Hutchinson had been one of two prominent Republicans in the race most vocal about their concerns stemming from the candidacy of Donald Trump, who set a record with his own blowout performance in the caucuses, taking 51 per cent of the vote.

In a statement, he acknowledged that his message of opposition against the frontrunner had not gone over well among Republican voters.

John Bowden reports from Des Moines:

Asa Hutchinson suspends 2024 campaign after unnoticeable Iowa caucus showing

Analysis: Ramaswamy promised to set the world on fire. He barely made a sound

14:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Vivek Ramaswamy tried to rile the masses through a 2024 presidential campaign punctuated with brazen claims and flashes of cash, but he ended up without a crowd at all.

The entrepreneur has dropped out of the race after racking up less than eight per cent of the Iowa caucus vote. Ahead of the caucuses, the Republican candidate encouraged his followers to “stick it to the media and shock the world.”

His campaign seemingly hinged on providing shock value.

Kelly Rissman reports:

Ramaswamy promised to set the world on fire. He barely made a sound

Biden warns Americans ‘it’s you and me vs extreme Maga Republicans’

13:20 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden has responded to Donald Trump’s landslide win in the Iowa caucuses by warning American voters it’s “going to be you and me vs extreme Maga Republicans”.

Mr Trump was Monday night’s overwhelming winner, picking up 51 per cent of the vote in the Hawkeye State and bringing him closer to securing the Republican presidential nomination as primary season finally got under way.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got 21 per cent of the vote, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley scored 19 per cent and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy scored just 8 per cent, prompting him to suspend his campaign and back the victor.

“Looks like Donald Trump just won Iowa. He’s the clear frontrunner on the other side at this point,” Mr Biden posted on X overnight.

Biden warns ‘it’s us vs extreme Maga Republicans’ after Trump Iowa victory

DeSantis slams rivals’ ‘basement campaigns’ as New Hampshire GOP debate axed

12:40 , Rachel Sharp

Republican presidential contender Ron DeSantis has said he is the only candidate “who’s not running a basement campaign” after rival Nikki Haleydropped out of ABC News’ planned New Hampshire debate, forcing the network to cancel the event.

Mr DeSantis took part in a CNN town hall in the Granite State on Tuesday evening, where he hit out at his Republican rivals in the 2024 White House race.

“I’m the only candidate that actually agreed to come to New Hampshire to debate,” he said.

“I’m the only one who’s not running a basement campaign at this point.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Ms Haley posted on X that she would not be taking part in any further GOP debates unless front-runner Donald Trump finally agreed to join her and Mr DeSantis on stage.

Read the full story:

DeSantis slams rivals’ ‘basement campaigns’ as New Hampshire GOP debate axed

Haley spoils Trump’s clean sweep of Iowa by one vote in one county

12:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley has managed to claw back a minor victory in the Iowa caucuses, beating Donald Trump in a lone county and ruining his clean sweep across the state.

The former ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor trumped the former president by just one vote in Johnson County, with 1,271 votes to 1,270 and 99 per cent of votes tallied.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailed behind both candidates in the county with 755 votes.

Ms Haley’s win ultimately wiped out Mr Trump’s clean sweep of the Iowa caucuses, leaving him victorious in 98 out of 99 counties.

Rachel Sharp reports.

Iowa caucuses: Haley beats Trump with one vote in Johnson County

New Hampshire GOP primary debate axed

12:05 , Rachel Sharp

ABC News has scrapped Thursday night’s Republican primary debate in New Hampshire after Nikki Haley vowed that she would only take part if Donald Trump faced his rivals on the stage.

“Our intent was to host a debate coming out of the Iowa caucuses, but we always knew that would be contingent on the candidates and the outcome of the race,” the network said in a statement.

“As a result, while our robust election coverage will continue, ABC News and [local news station] WMUR-TV will not be moving forward with Thursday’s Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire.”

The outlet said that neither Ms Haley nor Mr Trump had confirmed their participation by the deadline, leaving only Ron DeSantis.

After the Iowa caucuses, Ms Haley had posted on X that Mr Trump had “ducked all” of the GOP debates and now has “nowhere left to hide”.

“The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it,” she said.

DeSantis fury after Trump is projected Iowa caucus winner before many had voted

11:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Ron DeSantis’s campaign accused the media of “election interference” for projecting Donald Trump as the winner of the Iowa caucuses while voting was still taking place on Monday evening.

The Associated Press and other news organisations projected Mr Trump as the clear victor of the first contest in the Republican primary campaign just 30 minutes after voting began, with over 50 per cent of the vote.

At the time of writing, Mr DeSantis was running second with around 20 per cent, while Nikki Haley was close behind in third.

“It is absolutely outrageous that the media would participate in election interference by calling the race before tens of thousands of Iowans even had a chance to vote,” the campaign’s communications director, Andrew Romeo, said in a statement.

Richard Hall reports:

DeSantis campaign cries ‘election interference’ in Iowa caucuses as Trump win called

Haley says she will only participate in debates if it’s against Trump or Biden

10:20 , Kelly Rissman

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says she will only attend another debate if it’s against Donald Trump or President Joe Biden after coming in third place in the Iowa caucuses.

“We’ve had five great debates in this campaign. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has ducked all of them,” Ms Haley said in a statement on Tuesday. “He has nowhere left to hide. The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it.”

The former South Carolina governor’s statement arrives after she garnered the third most support at the Iowa caucuses, trailing behind Mr Trump and Florida governor Ron DeSantis.

Still, following the caucuses, Ms Haley said, “I can safely say tonight Iowa made this Republican primary a two-person race.”

Last week, Ms Haley went head-to-head in a debate with Mr DeSantis. Their ratings on CNN were trounced by Mr Trump’s appearance at the same time on a Fox News town hall.

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Nikki Haley says she will participate in a debate if it’s against Trump or Biden

Ramaswamy drops out

09:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Vivek Ramaswamy is ending his presidential campaign after finishing fourth in the Iowa Caucuses.

The 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur and anti-woke author endorsed Donald Trump after the former president’s overwhelming victory in the first contest in the Republican presidential primary.

“We did not achieve the surprise that we wanted to deliver tonight … as of this moment we are going to suspend this presidential campaign,” he told his supporters in the Hawkeye State on Monday night.

“There’s no path for me to be the next president absent things that we don’t want to see happen in this country,” he added.

Vivek Ramaswamy suspends campaign after coming fourth in Iowa

Analysis: Trump’s election lies are thriving. His GOP rivals aren’t challenging them

08:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump’s supporters continue to adopt his bogus narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, with nearly 70 per cent of his Iowa caucus voters falsely believing President Joe Biden was illegitimately elected.

Asked whether they believed President Biden was legitimately elected to the presidency in 2020, more than two-thirds of Iowa caucus goers said no, according to entrance polls from last night’s caucuses.

That includes 69 per cent of Iowa caucus goers who supported Mr Trump. Only 11 per cent of his supporters in Iowa believe the president was legitimately elected.

Alex Woodward reports:

Trump’s election lies are thriving. His GOP rivals aren’t challenging them

Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa

07:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump ended up with what could be described as a “best-case scenario” after he won the Iowa caucuses by a historic margin.

Mr Trump achieved blowout in the first-in-the-nation contest, with the fight for second being won by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday night.

Ms Haley had the momentum going into the caucuses, but her progress was stunted by Mr DeSantis, Matt Fuller of The Daily Beast noted before all the votes had been counted. Ms Haley’s performance still did not allow Mr DeSantis to hit the ground running going into the New Hampshire primary on 23 January.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa as GOP field struggles to keep up

Haley’s surge chilled by third place in frozen Iowa caucus

05:20 , Oliver O’Connell

The former governor of South Carolina charged into Iowa as 2024 kicked off with the hopes of knocking off Ron DeSantis and snatching a second-place finish, buoyed by a late-game polling surge.

Instead, she ended the night in a close third — all the while declaring that, despite Mr DeSantis pulling off his own sort-of victory, that it was now a “two-person race”.

She now heads to New Hampshire, boosted by her rising poll numbers but with her momentum blunted, at least to some degree, by the lack of a result here tonight.

Ms Haley concluded her battle for the state with remarks at a Marriott in Des Moines that doubled as two caucus precincts; she lost both of them, with Ron DeSantis pulling off a near-upset of his own in one. But in her remarks closing down her campaign’s caucus-night watch party, the former ambassador and governor projected the image of a candidate on the upswing, headed to friendly territory with the wind at her back.

It remains wholly unclear if any of that is true, as John Bowden reports from Clive, Iowa.

Nikki Haley’s surge chilled by third place in frozen Iowa caucus

Iowa caucus-goers go full MAGA

03:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Iowa caucus-goers are going full MAGA, with many expressing beliefs in debunked conspiracy theories as former President Donald Trump is projected to win the first-in-the-nation contest.

In a CNN entrance poll, 68 per cent of those who arrived early to caucus sites said they didn’t believe that President Joe Biden was legitimately elected. Among Trump voters, that number rose to 88 per cent, CBS noted.

Iowa caucus-goers go full MAGA as Trump projected to win in landslide

02:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Democrat reveals he registered Republican to vote against Trump in Iowa

Biden records massive fundraising haul

01:20 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee as well as their joint fundraising committees for the 2024 campaign took in more than $97m in the last three months of last year.

The campaign revealed the figures on Monday, showing that Mr Biden is ahead of where the Obama campaign was at a similar juncture, but behind then-President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, Politico notes.

During the last quarter of 2019, Mr Trump and the Republican National Committee had gathered more than $154m. In 2011, as then-President Barack Obama was running for re-election, his campaign and the DNC brought $68m during the last quarter.

In the third quarter of last year, Mr Biden and committees connected to his re-election effort gathered $71m. The Biden campaign noted on Monday that it has $117m in cash on hand.

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Biden campaign announces massive fundraising haul

American democracy in better shape than Britain’s, says Nigel Farage

00:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Nigel Farage said he believes that American democracy is in better shape than Britain’s, even as polls show many Americans expect violence to follow the 2024 election, in a possible repeat of the January 6, 2021 insurrection after the 2020 election.

Appearing on the British right-leaning TV news channel GB News from Iowa, the Brexit campaigner said the Trump team are “pretty bullish. They really are. If the polls are right … he’s going to win this caucus this evening by quite a big margin”.

“To be here and to see the enthusiasm for the democratic process in America – it’s such a contrast to our country. It really is remarkable that all these people will turn out at seven o’clock tonight to vote and some will vote for Trump or some a vote for Haley or Ramaswamy. But it really is an exciting thing to be part of,” he added.

Another side to the enthusiasm Mr Farage, 59, is speaking about is that the strong feelings in US politics at times turn into real-world violence, as seen three years ago during the Capitol riot.

Gustaf Kilander reports:

Nigel Farage says American democracy in better shape than Britain’s

‘Holy war’: How Iowa evangelicals rallied around Trump

Tuesday 16 January 2024 23:20 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s closing message in Iowa before the first votes of the 2024 presidential election was a familiar one. He’s convinced his supporters that his legal problems are their own, and that he’s the only one who can stop them, while stringing along a fake narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from them.

As he targets a key Republican voting bloc of evangelical Christians, the former president is leaning into a fantasy among supporters and social media influencers depicting him as something of a messianic figure, who was sent by God as a “shepherd to mankind” who ends his week in the Oval Office “by attending church on Sunday,” according to one video shared by his campaign.

Mr Trump never joined a church during his presidency, nor was he seen attending services more than a handful of times. Nevertheless, he shared the video, from a group of meme creators who have worked closely with the former president’s campaign, hours before votes were cast in Iowa.

Continue reading the full article…

Watch: Ron DeSantis campaigns in New Hampshire

Tuesday 16 January 2024 22:31 , Oliver O’Connell

Which former Trump allies will not be voting for him?

Tuesday 16 January 2024 22:20 , Kelly Rissman

Donald Trump has maintained a sizable lead in the polls ahead of the 2024 primaries — but he faces a growing list of once-allies who have now ditched him, explicitly declaring opposition to a second Trump presidency.

Many people once close to the former president — members of his cabinet, supporters in Congress, and even his own attorneys — have now voiced their opposition to his 2024 candidacy.

They have cautioned against electing him again, concerned about the dangers a Trump second term would pose for democracy.

Whether the tipping point was the January 6 Capitol riot, one of Mr Trump’s federal indictments, or something else entirely, each of these former loyalists has arrived at the same conclusion: they don’t think Trump should be president again in 2024.

Over the weekend, ex-Trump White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci went so far as to say that if 2024 became another Biden-Trump matchup, he would back the Democratic incumbent.

Although he stands alone in that category, here is a list of every former Trump ally who has said they wouldn’t support him in 2024.

Let’s start with former members of Trump’s White House staff.

Former Trump allies who have said they won’t vote for him in 2024

ABC News cancels Thursday’s GOP New Hampshire debate

Tuesday 16 January 2024 22:17 , Oliver O’Connell

ABC News and WMUR-TV have cancelled the Republican primary debate scheduled for Thursday in New Hampshire.

Earlier today, Nikki Haley had said she would only participate if Donald Trump did.

The network said in a statement: “Our intent was to host a debate coming out of the Iowa caucuses, but we always knew that would be contingent on the candidates.”

Ron DeSantis was the only candidate who confirmed he would attend.

What next for Nikki Haley as New Hampshire showdown looms?

Tuesday 16 January 2024 22:00 , John Bowden

Nikki Haley is having a moment. Whether it will evolve into a disaster remains to be seen.

The former governor and UN ambassador entered the Iowa caucuses on Monday with the wind at her back, boosted by climbing poll numbers in every state and with campaign-watchers believing that a rout of her rival, Florida Gov Ron DeSantis, was at hand.

Instead, she settled for third place. Mr DeSantis came out ahead, barely but verifiably on top. Donald Trump, the continued frontrunner for the nomination, was miles away — more than 30 points separated Mr Trump and Ms Haley’s final percentage totals.

Despite this, Ms Haley was unbent on the stage of her caucus-night event in Clive. Appearing onstage after Vivek Ramaswamy showed up at his own event and dropped out, the ex-ambassador declared the 2024 GOP primary to be a two-person race going forward. Mr DeSantis, she argued (somewhat questionably, given the result), is no longer a factor.

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What next for Nikki Haley as her New Hampshire showdown with Trump looms?

Ex-Sunday Times editor faces US backlash over Iowa comment

Tuesday 16 January 2024 21:35 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil faced a backlash online from US political commentators for a remark made about the results of the Iowa caucuses.

As predicted, Donald Trump stormed to victory in the event, the first major contest of the year on Monday. Ron DeSantis squeaked to a close second place ahead of Nikki Haley.

The now trio – following the departures of Vivek Ramaswamy and Asa Hutchinson from the race – will now face voters in New Hampshire next week.

Neil, a veteran British broadcaster and editor of London’s Sunday Times from 1983 to 1994, wrote on X/Twitter: “US commentators slow to realise that Haley and DeSantis being effectively neck and neck for second place in Iowa is good news for Trump.

“Means neither heads to New Hampshire, where things will be tougher for Trump, with clear momentum.”

Mike Bedigan reports on the reaction to Neil’s comments:

Ex-Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil faces US backlash over Iowa comment

Haley claims the US has ‘never been a racist country’

Tuesday 16 January 2024 21:11 , Oliver O’Connell

Presidential hopeful Nikki Haley has claimed the US has “never been a racist country” as she dismissed the suggestion that she would struggle to gain the GOP nomination as a woman of colour.

One day after a national holiday celebrating US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr, the former Governor of South Carolina described her experience as the “American dream” and also denied that the Republican party itself was racist.

Mike Bedigan reports:

Analysis: Trump’s election lies are thriving. His GOP rivals aren’t challenging them

Tuesday 16 January 2024 20:20 , Alex Woodward

Donald Trump’s supporters continue to adopt his bogus narrative that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, with nearly 70 per cent of his Iowa caucus voters falsely believing President Joe Biden was illegitimately elected.

Asked whether they believed President Biden was legitimately elected to the presidency in 2020, more than two-thirds of Iowa caucus goers said no, according to entrance polls from last night’s caucuses.

That includes 69 per cent of Iowa caucus goers who supported Mr Trump. Only 11 per cent of his supporters in Iowa believe the president was legitimately elected.

Mr Trump has relied on conspiracy theories and a fake narrative that the 2020 election was rigged against him to cast doubt on the legitimacy of elections he lost. Those false claims have since animated Republican campaigns for public offices across the country and GOP-drafted legislation in nearly every state to change how elections are run.

The false claims surrounding the 2020 election and the electoral process fuelled violence at the US Capitol on January 6, and the former president is facing criminal charges in Washington DC and in Georgia for his spurious attempts to overturn election results culminating in a mob that stormed the halls of Congress to do it by force.

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Haley says she will participate in a debate if it’s against Trump or Biden

Tuesday 16 January 2024 19:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says she will only attend another debate if it’s against Donald Trump or President Joe Biden after coming in third place in the Iowa caucuses.

“We’ve had five great debates in this campaign. Unfortunately, Donald Trump has ducked all of them,” Haley said in a statement on Tuesday.

“He has nowhere left to hide. The next debate I do will either be with Donald Trump or with Joe Biden. I look forward to it.”

Kelly Rissman has more.

Nikki Haley says she will participate in a debate if it’s against Trump or Biden

Analysis: Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa as GOP field struggles to keep up

Tuesday 16 January 2024 18:50 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump ended up with what could be described as a “best-case scenario” after he won the Iowa caucuses by a historic margin.

Here’s Gustaf Kilander to analyse why the night’s events were so advantageous to the candidate.

Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa as GOP field struggles to keep up

How Iowa evangelicals rallied around Trump’s ‘holy war’

Tuesday 16 January 2024 18:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Alex Woodward on how the former president tied up the Christian conservative vote in the Hawkeye State.

How Iowa evangelicals rallied around Trump’s ‘holy war’

Former Trump allies who have said they won’t vote for him in 2024

Tuesday 16 January 2024 17:50 , Joe Sommerlad

While Trump has picked up endorsements from old foes like Marco Rubio in recent days, he also faces a growing list of ex-allies who have now ditched him, explicitly declaring opposition to a second Trump presidency.

Kelly Rissman takes a look at those who have dared to speak out.

Former Trump allies who have said they won’t vote for him in 2024

Voices: DeSantis reaps the rewards of his cowardice – humiliation

Tuesday 16 January 2024 17:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Andrew Feinberg on the Florida governor’s unimpressive second-place finish in Iowa, just rewards, he says, for DeSantis’s failure to come out swinging against the front-runner.

DeSantis reaps the rewards of his cowardice: Humiliation

Ramaswamy for VP? Don’t count on it…

Tuesday 16 January 2024 16:50 , Joe Sommerlad

Now that the Trumpian biotech entrepreneur has suspended his campaign after a poor showing in Iowa, he is expected to step out on the campaign trial to endorse his idol as all eyes turn to New Hampshire.

But could he be in line for more than that? Might he even end up as Trump’s running mate?

“Pretty safe to say it won’t be Vivek,” Jason Miller, Trump’s senior adviser told The New York Post this week, immediately shooting down that idea.

But back in August, the former president had told a conservative TV host that he was seriously mulling Ramaswamy as a potential contender for the role, so what’s changed?

Martha McHardy has more.

Trump aide pours cold water on Ramaswamy’s VP chances

Recap: Trump overwhelmingly wins the Iowa caucuses

Tuesday 16 January 2024 16:20 , Joe Sommerlad

If you’re just joining us, former president Donald Trump has overwhelmingly won the Iowa caucuses in the first official contest of this year’s Republican presidential primaries.

Trump posted a double-digit victory in Iowa eight years after he lost the caucuses to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. The front-runner far-outpaced his nearest competitors, Florida governor Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who served as Trump’s US ambassador to the United Nations in his administration.

His victory in Iowa breaks Bob Dole’s record for a margin of victory of 13 points in 1996 and George W Bush’s 10.5-point victory in 2000. Both candidates went on to become the Republican nominee for president, a future that seems all but certain for Trump despite dozens of criminal charges against him.

Eric Garcia reports.

Trump overwhelmingly wins Iowa caucuses in first step toward Republican nomination

Latest New Hampshire poll places Trump and Haley neck-and-neck

Tuesday 16 January 2024 16:05 , Joe Sommerlad

The Granite State’s primary next Tuesday could prove to be a great deal more competitive than Iowa, if the following turns out to be accurate.

Breaking: Asa Hutchinson suspends presidential campaign after woeful Iowa showing

Tuesday 16 January 2024 15:50 , Joe Sommerlad

So farewell then, Asa “Aida” Hutchinson, we hardly knew ye.

Iowa turnout ‘lowest in 25 years’

Tuesday 16 January 2024 15:20 , Joe Sommerlad

Last night’s voter turnout in the Midwest was reportedly the lowest in a quarter of a century, no doubt in large part due to the ice and snow, proving that the locals had more sense than to listen to Trump’s plea for them to die voting for him.

This, meanwhile, helps to put the scale of the front-runner’s win in perspective.

Haley trashes Trump for ducking out of party debates

Tuesday 16 January 2024 14:50 , Joe Sommerlad

The former UN ambassador has come out swinging after her disappointing third place finish last night.

If the candidate is feeling dismayed by last night’s results, incidentally, this might cheer her up.

Apparently she did “exactly what she needed to” and never needed to win Iowa in the first place.

Biden warns Americans ‘it’s you and me vs extreme MAGA Republicans’ after Trump’s Iowa victory

Tuesday 16 January 2024 14:20 , Rachel Sharp

President Joe Biden has responded to Donald Trump’s landslide win in the Iowa caucuses, by warning American voters it’s “going to be you and me vs extreme MAGA Republicans”.

Mr Trump was Monday night’s overwhelming winner, picking up 51 per cent of the vote in the Hawkeye state and bringing him closer to securing the Republican presidential nomination as primary season finally got under way.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis got 21 per cent of the vote, former UN ambassador Nikki Haley scored 19 per cent and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy scored just 8 per cent, prompting the latter to suspend his campaign and back the victor.

“Looks like Donald Trump just won Iowa. He’s the clear front runner on the other side at this point,” Mr Biden posted on X overnight.

Read the full story:

Biden warns ‘it’s us vs extreme MAGA Republicans’ after Trump Iowa victory

Haley’s surge chilled by third place in frozen Iowa caucus

Tuesday 16 January 2024 14:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The former governor of South Carolina charged into Iowa as 2024 kicked off with the hopes of knocking off Ron DeSantis and snatching a second-place finish, buoyed by a late-game polling surge.

Instead, she ended the night in a close third — all the while declaring that, despite Mr DeSantis pulling off his own sort-of victory, that it was now a “two-person race”.

She now heads to New Hampshire, boosted by her rising poll numbers but with her momentum blunted, at least to some degree, by the lack of a result here tonight.

John Bowden reports from Clive, Iowa:

Nikki Haley’s surge chilled by third place in frozen Iowa caucus

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Tuesday 16 January 2024 13:40 , Rachel Sharp

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EU issues warning after Iowa caucuses

Tuesday 16 January 2024 13:20 , Rachel Sharp

The European Union presidency on Tuesday warned that the foundations of democracy will be put to the test during the November U.S. election, envisaging a scenario where the longstanding trans-Atlantic alliance could unravel ever more.

Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, which holds the EU presidency, said that “if 2024 brings us ‘America first’ again, it is really more than ever ‘Europe on its own’.”

Mr De Croo spoke in an address to the EU legislature only hours after former President Donald Trump’s landslide win in the Republican Iowa caucuses.

His words harked back to the 2017-2021 Trump administration, when relations with Europe took a nosedive because of near-incessant trans-Atlantic quarrels about trade, security and military cooperation that eroded trust and cooperation.

Mr De Croo said that the 27-nation bloc should quickly learn to stand more on its own and that in case of a Trump victory in November, “we should, as Europeans, not fear this perspective. We should embrace it.”

Referring to the upcoming June elections for the EU legislature, he said this was “a year where our democracies and liberties will be put to the test.”“Not only with election for this house, but equally for the U.S. Congress and the American presidency,” Mr De Croo added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa

Tuesday 16 January 2024 13:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump ended up with what could be described as a “best-case scenario” after he won the Iowa caucuses by a historic margin.

Mr Trump achieved blowout in the first-in-the-nation contest, with the fight for second being won by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday night.

Ms Haley had the momentum going into the caucuses, but her progress was stunted by Mr DeSantis, Matt Fuller of The Daily Beast noted before all the votes had been counted. Ms Haley’s performance still did not allow Mr DeSantis to hit the ground running going into the New Hampshire primary on 23 January.

Anti-woke biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy also failed to cut into Mr Trump’s support even though he at times became a stand-in for the former president at the initial Republican primary debates that Mr Trump declined to attend.

Gustaf Kilander reports from Washington, DC:

Trump gets ‘best case scenario’ in Iowa as GOP field struggles to keep up

Haley beats Trump with one vote in lone Iowa county – ruining his clean sweep of caucuses

Tuesday 16 January 2024 12:40 , Rachel Sharp

Nikki Haley has managed to claw back a minor victory in the Iowa caucuses, beating Donald Trump in a lone county and ruining his clean sweep across the state.

The former ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor trumped the former president by just one vote in Johnson County, with 1,271 votes to 1,270 and 99 per cent of votes tallied.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis trailed behind both candidates in the county with 755 votes.

Ms Haley’s win ultimately wiped out Mr Trump’s clean sweep of the Iowa caucuses, leaving him victorious in 98 out of 99 counties.

Read the full story here:

Iowa caucuses: Haley beats Trump with one vote in Johnson County

Haley campaign releases memo setting expectations ahead of New Hampshire primary

Tuesday 16 January 2024 12:20 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley’s campaign has released a memo setting expectations ahead of the New Hampshire primary next week.

“As an ex-president, Donald Trump has always been running as a quasi-incumbent. Voters know what they think of Trump and whether they want more of him or prefer an alternative.

“In Iowa, Trump frequently predicted a win by a 60-point margin. He won by 30%. In a state in which caucus voters are among the most pro-Trump of any electorate in America, he got 51%, and 49% preferred someone else. That’s far from the ringing endorsement of Trump that the media portrays.

“The race now moves to less Trump-friendly territory. And the field of candidates is effectively down to two, with only Trump and Nikki Haley having substantial support in both New Hampshire and South Carolina. That never happened in the 2016 nominating contest, when a larger field allowed Trump to win many primaries with pluralities rather than majorities.”

In pictures: The Iowa caucuses

Tuesday 16 January 2024 12:00 , Rachel Sharp

Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis arrives at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in West Des Moines:

Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis arrives at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in West Des Moines (AFP via Getty Images)Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis arrives at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in West Des Moines (AFP via Getty Images)

Florida Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis arrives at a watch party during the 2024 Iowa Republican presidential caucuses in West Des Moines (AFP via Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Apoorva Tewari and son Karthik at his Iowa caucus night watch party after suspending his campaign:

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Apoorva Tewari and son Karthik at his Iowa caucus night watch party after suspending his campaign and endorsing former U.S. President Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. January 15, 2024 (REUTERS)Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Apoorva Tewari and son Karthik at his Iowa caucus night watch party after suspending his campaign and endorsing former U.S. President Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. January 15, 2024 (REUTERS)

Republican presidential candidate and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks to supporters as he stands with his wife Apoorva Tewari and son Karthik at his Iowa caucus night watch party after suspending his campaign and endorsing former U.S. President Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. January 15, 2024 (REUTERS)

Former South Carolina governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley addresses supporters:

Former South Carolina Governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley addresses supporters (EPA)Former South Carolina Governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley addresses supporters (EPA)

Former South Carolina Governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley addresses supporters (EPA)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa:

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa (AP)Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa (AP)

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa (AP)

Trump allies call on DeSantis and Haley to bow out of 2024 race after dismal Iowa showing

Tuesday 16 January 2024 11:40 , Rachel Sharp

Donald Trump allies have been calling on Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley to bow out of the 2024 White House race after their dismal showings in the Iowa caucuses.

Florida Rep Matt Gaetz and Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene joined Mr Trump at his watch party in Des Moines on Monday night where the former president sailed to victory, winning 98 out of 99 Iowa counties.

Mr Gaetz told CNN that the caucuses revealed that the Republican primary is now “over” for the other candidates.

“It’s been real. You know, tip your waitresses on the way out, but this primary is over” he said.

“This race is over. Donald Trump has consolidated the Republican Party. Ron DeSantis was getting his mail forwarded here. Like he had moved here. What is his argument to continue this campaign?”

Ms Greene also told the network that Ms Haley and Mr DeSantis should drop out.

“I think donor money is really important. And political consultants are pretty good at talking candidates into staying in races way longer than they actually should,” she said.

Watch: Ramaswamy supporter unhappy with his Trump endorsement

Tuesday 16 January 2024 11:20 , Oliver O’Connell

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