Trump gains in Iowa’s most religious counties may not predict success across US – live | US elections 2024

Trump dominated Iowa’s most religious counties – analysis

Donald Trump’s weakest performance in the Iowa caucuses was in the parts of the Hawkeye State that more closely resemble the rest of the US, according to an analysis of last night’s results.

The former president dominated in Iowa’s most religious regions, winning 58% of the vote in the most religious counties compared with 54% in the least religious, the Washington Post reported.

Trump’s best gains in evangelical areas may be less predictive of success around the country than the results in Iowa’s bigger metropolitan areas, the report said.

Education also proved to be a particularly strong decider last night. Trump performed well with the state’s lower-income and less educated counties, while his worst results were Ames and Johnson County, home to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

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\n <li><p><strong>Donald Trump</strong> won 51% of the vote in Iowa, giving him the largest margin of victory in the history of the state’s Republican caucuses. <strong>Ron DeSantis</strong>, the Florida governor, secured a distant second-place finish with 21% of the vote, while <strong>Nikki Haley</strong>, the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador, trailed in third place with 19%.</p></li>\n <li><p>Even though she failed to capture second place, Haley boldly declared that the primary was now “a two-person race” between her and Trump. <a href=\” later put out a new campaign advert </a>attacking Trump and Biden, saying she is the “better choice” for America. 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The advent of <a href=\” York</a> state’s Adult Survivors Act in 2022 – which provided a one-year window allowing adult survivors of sexual misconduct to sue their accused abusers – enabled her to sue Trump again, for the underlying assault claim.</p>”,”elementId”:”0a342f6c-ea1e-4b47-8826-5d271bb28e03″},{“_type”:”model.dotcomrendering.pageElements.TextBlockElement”,”html”:”<p>That lawsuit also included defamation claims for Trump’s comments about her after he left the White House. This second lawsuit went on trial in April 2023 and jurors awarded her $5m, finding Trump liable of sexual abuse and defamation for the post-presidency comments.</p>”,”elementId”:”441b46f9-faaf-4a79-9fac-76ae32f5967a”},{“_type”:”model.dotcomrendering.pageElements.TextBlockElement”,”html”:”<p>This week’s trial will only weigh whether Trump’s denials while he was president constituted defamation which, in practical terms, means it will effectively boil down to damages. The judge overseeing this case, Lewis Kaplan, will not allow Trump’s team to re-litigate Carroll’s claims.</p>”,”elementId”:”f001946b-bfa1-4297-bb91-19dbc077ef7a”},{“_type”:”model.dotcomrendering.pageElements.TextBlockElement”,”html”:”<p>You can read the full story from my colleague, <a href=\” Bekiempis</a>, here:</p>”,”elementId”:”135616af-0444-46a5-b7d9-cd4288bf80e7″},{“_type”:”model.dotcomrendering.pageElements.RichLinkBlockElement”,”url”:” selection to begin in E Jean Carroll defamation trial against Trump”,”prefix”:”Related: “,”role”:”thumbnail”,”elementId”:”b121c0d4-4f86-4821-8f43-1639a478975e”}],”attributes”:{“pinned”:false,”keyEvent”:true,”summary”:false},”blockCreatedOn”:1705402146000,”blockCreatedOnDisplay”:”05.49 EST”,”blockLastUpdated”:1705406067000,”blockLastUpdatedDisplay”:”06.54 EST”,”blockFirstPublished”:1705402336000,”blockFirstPublishedDisplay”:”05.52 EST”,”blockFirstPublishedDisplayNoTimezone”:”05.52″,”title”:”Jury selection to begin in E Jean Carroll defamation 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Key events

Nikki Haley’s latest comments come weeks after the Republican presidential candidate declined to specify that slavery was a case of the civil war.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, where the first shots of the north-south conflict were fired by Confederate soldiers in April 1861, was asked in late December about the reason for the war but didn’t mention slavery in her response.

Instead, she talked about the role of government, replying that it involved “basically how the government was going to run” and “the freedoms of what people could and couldn’t do”. Speaking at the town hall event in Berlin, New Hampshire, Haley added:

I think it always comes down to the role of government and what the rights of the people are. And we will always stand by the fact that I think the government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people.

The questioner said they were astonished she did not mention slavery. “In the year 2023, it’s astonishing to me that you answer that question without mentioning the word ‘slavery’,” the questioner responded, prompting a retort from Haley, who said:

What do you want me to say about slavery?

Nikki Haley declines to say US civil war was about slavery – video

America has ‘never been a racist country’, says Haley

Nikki Haley has claimed that the US has “never been a racist country”, just weeks after she sparked backlash by failing to specify that slavery was a cause of the civil war.

The Republican presidential candidate was asked to respond to comments by MSNBC host Joy Reid, who claimed Haley’s third-place finish in Monday night’s Iowa caucuses was largely due to her race and ethnicity. Reid said:

The elephant in the room – she’s still a brown lady that’s got to try to win in a party that is deeply anti-immigrant … I don’t see how she becomes the nominee of that party.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Haley was asked to respond to Reid’s comments. Reid “lives in a different America than I do”, the former US ambassador to the UN said, adding:

I am a brown girl that grew up in South Carolina who became the first female minority governor in history, who became a UN ambassador and is now running for president. If that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is.

Asked if she believes the GOP is a “racist party”, Haley replied:

No. We’re not a racist country. We’ve never been a racist country.

“We’ve never been a racist country.”

— Nikki Haley rejects Joy Reid’s claim that Haley placed third in the Iowa caucuses because she is “a brown lady … in a party that is deeply anti-immigrant,” and rejects any claim that the GOP is a racist party pic.twitter.com/a3yRqK82em

— The Recount (@therecount) January 16, 2024

Joanna Walters

Joanna Walters

Donald Trump’s legal team asked the judge in this second defamation civil trial brought by writer E Jean Carroll against him whether proceedings could be suspended this Thursday so that he can attend the funeral of his mother-in-law.

Judge Lewis Kaplan denied the request, in court today, a few days after he had refused to push the trial back by a week to accommodate Trump’s wish to go the funeral of Amalija Knavs, the mother of the former US president’s wife, Melania Trump.

Knavs died earlier this month.

“I am not stopping him from being there,” the judge said, referring to the funeral, the Associated Press reports.

Trump lawyer Alina Habba responded: “No, you’re stopping him from being here.”

Habba told the judge that Trump plans to testify. Kaplan said the only accommodation he would make is that Trump can testify on Monday, even if the trial is otherwise finished by Thursday.

Trump sat attentively, glaring and scowling at times, as about six-dozen prospective jurors filed into the courtroom and spent more than an hour responding to questions posed by the judge covering everything from their prior involvement with the judicial system to their political beliefs, AP further writes.

E. Jean Carroll arrives at Federal court for her second Civil Defamation Trial against former president Donald J. Trump in New York, New York, USA, 16 January 2024. The jury in the first case found Trump sexually abused Carroll and she was awarded five million dollars.
E. Jean Carroll arrives at Federal court for her second Civil Defamation Trial against former president Donald J. Trump in New York, New York, USA, 16 January 2024. The jury in the first case found Trump sexually abused Carroll and she was awarded five million dollars. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

Trump fumes in court at trial over libel of E Jean Carroll

Joanna Walters

Joanna Walters

Donald Trump shook his head in disgust Tuesday as the judge in his New York defamation trial told prospective jurors that another jury had already decided the former president sexually abused columnist E Jean Carroll in the 1990s, the Associated Press reports.

Both Carroll and Trump are in court in New York today. Jury selection has just been completed, and opening arguments are expected this afternoon. The trial amounts to the penalty phase of a civil defamation lawsuit stemming from Carroll’s actions against Trump who was found liable by a previous jury of sexually attacking her in a department store dressing room many years ago.

The AP further reports:

Prospective jurors were told the trial was likely to last three to five days. Opening statements come next. Trump did not attend the previous trial in the case last May, when a jury found he had sexually abused Carroll and awarded her $5 million in damages. In light of that verdict, Judge Lewis Kaplan told prospective jurors the trial beginning Tuesday would focus only on how much money, if any, Trump must pay Carroll for comments he made about her while president in 2019.

For purposes of the new trial, it had already been determined that Trump “did sexually assault Ms. Carroll,” Kaplan said, prompting Trump to shake his head from side to side. The ex-president was sitting at the defense table, flanked by his lawyers, about a dozen feet from Carroll and her legal team. They didn’t appear to speak or make eye contact.

As the day began, Kaplan rejected the defense’s request to suspended the trial on Thursday so Trump could attend his mother-in-law’s funeral — part of a combative exchange in which Trump’s lawyers accused the judge of thwarting their defense with pretrial evidence rulings they contend were favorable to Carroll.

In this courtroom sketch, prospective jurors file into the courtroom as Donald Trump, third left, stands surrounded by his defense team. Alina Habba, fourth left, Trump’s lead defense attorney, stands beside him. E. Jean Carroll, background second from right, stands with her attorney Roberta Kaplan, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in New York.
In this courtroom sketch, prospective jurors file into the courtroom as Donald Trump, third left, stands surrounded by his defense team. Alina Habba, fourth left, Trump’s lead defense attorney, stands beside him. E. Jean Carroll, background second from right, stands with her attorney Roberta Kaplan, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, in New York. Photograph: Elizabeth Williams/AP

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Joanna Walters

Joanna Walters

Joe Biden has invited congressional leaders, key committee leaders and ranking members to the White House tomorrow to discuss the supplemental funding bill relating to funds to support Ukraine and Israel, relating to US national security issues, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

The White House press briefing has just begun and Jean-Pierre confirmed the meeting, which was first reported by Punchbowl News earlier.

Reporters are asking now if a deal might be closer on a spending agreement.

Legislation has been stalled since early December after Senate Republicans blocked a funding bill that included aid for Ukraine and Israel.

That vote came one day after Senate Democrats formally unveiled the $111bn supplemental security bill, reflecting the funding request that Joe Biden issued in October to provide assistance to the US’s allies abroad, the Guardian reported at the time.

Workers shoveling snow near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, earlier today.
Workers shoveling snow near the US Capitol in Washington, DC, earlier today. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

The White House media briefing is due to begin shortly, with press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, accompanied by national security spokesman John Kirby. Kirby tends to focus on international security issues involving the Biden administration.

It’s an audio only briefing today.

Joe Biden is at the White House. The US president spoke with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz earlier, with the White House saying the two discussed Ukraine and the ongoing events in the Middle East. More details are expected later.

The White House on snowy Tuesday, earlier today.
The White House on snowy Tuesday, earlier today. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

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Summary of the day so far

  • Donald Trump has won an overwhelming victory in the US’s first election contest of 2024, easily fending off a winnowed field of Republicans in the Iowa caucuses. The former president won 51% of the vote in Iowa, a 30-point lead over Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor. Nikki Haley, a former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador, trailed in third place with 19%.

  • Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucuses was heralded as an early beginning to the battle for the White House itself. Using an acronym for Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America great again”, Joe Biden told followers: “Here’s the thing: this election was always going to be you and me versus extreme Maga Republicans. It was true yesterday and it’ll be true tomorrow.”

  • Nikki Haley has said she will not appear on the debate stage without Donald Trump or Joe Biden. Ron DeSantis has confirmed he will be attending this week’s GOP presidential debates in New Hampshire. Trump has not participated in any of the Republican primary debates so far.

  • E Jean Carroll and Donald Trump faced each other in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday in her defamation trial against the ex-president. The trial started with jury selection. Before selection started, Trump’s lead lawyer on this case, Alina Habba, told the judge that his team intends to call him as a witness.

  • The former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, a stalwart conservative willing to sharply criticize Donald Trump, has suspended his beleaguered bid for the White House the day after he came in sixth place in Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

  • Donald Trump is leading Joe Biden by eight percentage points among registered voters in Georgia, according to a new poll. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll also showed nearly 20% of voters weren’t ready to support either candidate.

  • The Senate will vote on a resolution that would freeze military aid to Israel unless the Biden administration looks into potential human rights abuses in Gaza. The measure, forced to the floor by Senator Bernie Sanders, has little chance of passing given the overwhelming support for security assistance to Israel in Congress.

Trump dominated Iowa’s most religious counties – analysis

Donald Trump’s weakest performance in the Iowa caucuses was in the parts of the Hawkeye State that more closely resemble the rest of the US, according to an analysis of last night’s results.

The former president dominated in Iowa’s most religious regions, winning 58% of the vote in the most religious counties compared with 54% in the least religious, the Washington Post reported.

Trump’s best gains in evangelical areas may be less predictive of success around the country than the results in Iowa’s bigger metropolitan areas, the report said.

Education also proved to be a particularly strong decider last night. Trump performed well with the state’s lower-income and less educated counties, while his worst results were Ames and Johnson County, home to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa.

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Donald Trump is leading Joe Biden by eight percentage points among registered voters in Georgia, according to a new poll.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Tuesday morning shows 45% of Georgia voters would support Trump, compared to 37% who would support Biden in a hypothetical rematch. The poll also showed nearly 20% of voters weren’t ready to support either candidate.

Biden is hurt by soft support among many Democratic and independent voters who were key to his 2020 victory over Trump in Georgia, including 10% of Black voters who said they do not plan to vote at all, the poll showed.

Abené Clayton

Abené Clayton

The US supreme court will be reviewing an appeals court ruling that officials in cities across the west say bar them from removing unhoused people from public spaces when there are no shelter beds available.

On Friday, the supreme court agreed to hear an appeal from the city of Grants Pass, in south-west Oregon, where in 2022 a three-judge ninth circuit of appeals panel ruled that the city could not enforce its anti-camping ordinance that barred people from using any sort of shelter or bedding equipment on public property.

This ruling was partially based on the 2018 decision in Martin v Boise, a case that ended with the ninth circuit of appeals deciding that pushing people from city sidewalks and clearing encampments without offering shelter violates the US constitution’s cruel and unusual punishment clause.

Tents line the sidewalk on SW Clay Street in Portland, Oregon, on 9 December 2020.
Tents line the sidewalk on SW Clay Street in Portland, Oregon, on 9 December 2020. Photograph: Craig Mitchelldyer/AP

Police, officials and business owners have contested the decision, arguing that it ties the hands of municipalities that want to clear homeless encampments. Advocates for the unhoused, on the other hand, argue that this decision does not stop local governments from building and investing in support services and shelters, but it does stop people from being punished for sleeping outdoors when they have no other option.

The National Homelessness Law Center said in a statement after the supreme court announcement:

Homelessness is growing not because cities lack ways to punish people for being poor, but because a growing number of hard-working Americans are struggling to pay rent and make ends meet.

“This case does not limit communities’ response to addressing homelessness. Cities remain free to use any of the many evidence-based approaches that end homelessness, like housing,” the statement continued.

Bernie Sanders to force Senate vote on potentially freezing military aid to Israel

The Senate will vote on a resolution that would freeze military aid to Israel unless the Biden administration looks into potential human rights abuses in Gaza.

If passed, the resolution would require the State Department to produce a report within 30 days examining any human rights violations committed during Israel’s blockade and invasion of Gaza in the aftermath of the Hamas attacks on 7 October.

The resolution has little chance of passing given the overwhelming support for security assistance to Israel in Congress.

The measure was forced to the floor by Senator Bernie Sanders, who last week spoke on the Senate floor:

In essence, we will be voting on a very simple question: Do you support asking the State Department whether human rights violations may have occurred using U.S. equipment or assistance in this war?

The Senate will soon vote on my resolution directing the State Department to report on any human rights violations that may have occurred using U.S. equipment in the Israeli military campaign in Gaza.

It should not be controversial to ask how U.S. weapons are used. pic.twitter.com/egtZgBwO5Q

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 16, 2024

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, told the New York Times:

There is growing concern among the American people and in Congress that what Israel is doing now is not a war against Hamas, but a war against the Palestinian people. That with American military aid, children are starving to death, is to me — I mean, I just don’t know what adjectives I can use. It’s disgraceful. And I think I’m not the only one who feels that.

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Eric Trump has said he is confident that his father will wrap up the Republican nomination “fairly quickly”.

Donald Trump’s son, in an interview with the BBC, said the world was in a “very, very, very dangerous spot” and that “people want peace and prosperity and strength back”.

Asked how quickly he felt his father could wrap up the Republican nomination, he replied:

It’s going to come fairly quickly because I’m certain it will be done by Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday will take place on 5 March this year.

Donald Trump and Nikki Haley have until 5pm ET today to decide whether to participate in the upcoming GOP primary debate in New Hampshire.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, hosted by ABC News and New Hampshire TV station WMUR. An ABC News spokesperson said in a statement:

ABC News and WMUR-TV have officially given Donald Trump and Nikki Haley’s campaigns a deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST today to commit to the Republican presidential primary debate planned for Thursday, Jan. 18 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. We will update our plans accordingly.

Trump has not participated in any of the Republican primary debates so far, and Haley announced earlier today that she will not debate without Trump or Joe Biden.

Lauren Gambino

Lauren Gambino

Even before launching his bid, Asa Hutchinson stood apart from most Republicans by calling on Donald Trump to drop out “for the sake of the office of the presidency” instead of seeking another White House term.

Hutchinson kept up his sharp criticism of Trump, drawing boos from the crowd at a conservative conference in Florida when he said there was a “significant likelihood that Donald Trump will be found guilty by a jury on a felony offense next year”.

Over the jeering, Hutchinson warned that continuing to support Trump would hurt Republicans in 2024 and “weaken the GOP for decades to come”.

“While some will ignore the destructive behavior of the former president, I assure you we ignore it at our own peril,” he said. His campaign highlighted the speech on his social media accounts, asking Republicans who shared his fears to donate.

It was not enough to sustain his candidacy, particularly as his rivals began sharpening their attacks on Trump after an initial hesitancy to do so. In late October, his campaign manager left, but Hutchinson vowed to stay in the race.

As the primary season neared, Hutchinson, along with other stalled candidates like the former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, faced pressure from anti-Trump strategists and donors to drop out and coalesce behind a viable alternative. But he had, until now, resisted, arguing that there was still time for candidates like himself to break out and dent Trump’s lead.

Lauren Gambino

Lauren Gambino

The former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson announced his bid for the White House shortly after Joe Biden launched his re-election campaign, arguing that both Joe Biden and Donald Trump were focused on the past rather than the future.

A long shot from the start, Hutchinson launched his campaign in the spring with a pledge to “bring out the best of America”.

On the campaign trail, he often highlighted his long career in public service to draw a contrast with Trump. A former congressman from Arkansas and a US attorney, he served as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security under president George Bush.

As governor, he amassed a conservative record on taxes, guns and abortion. During his term, he signed into law a “trigger” ban on abortions at every stage of pregnancy, which took effect when the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade in 2022. It includes no exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest. Hutchinson now says he regrets that the law does not allow for those exemptions.

Hutchinson left office in 2023. Succeeding him as governor is Trump’s former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Asa Hutchinson, who has just announced he is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, finished sixth in last night’s Iowa caucuses.

The former Arkansas governor, who launched his long-shot bid for the 2024 Republican nomination in April, was the last candidate remaining in the GOP race who was willing to criticize Donald Trump.

He failed to register beyond a single percentage point in most polls and did not qualify for the party’s second debate in September.

Hutchinson joins Vivek Ramaswamy, Chris Christie, Mike Pence, Tim Scott, Doug Burgum, Larry Elder, Perry Johnson, Will Hurd and Francis Suarez in suspending his bid for the GOP nomination.

Hutchinson’s campaign manager, Alison Williams, said he wasn’t issuing an endorsement at this time, AP reported.

Asa Hutchinson suspends presidential campaign

Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson has announced that he is suspending his presidential primary campaign.

A statement reads:

I congratulate Donald J. Trump for his win last night in Iowa and to the other candidates who competed and garnered delegate support. Today, I am suspending my campaign for President and driving back to Arkansas. My message of being a principled Republican with experience and telling the truth about the current front runner did not sell in Iowa. I stand by the campaign I ran. I answered every question, sounded the warning to the GOP about the risks in 2024 and presented hope for our country’s future. Susan and I are blessed beyond measure, and we are grateful for the opportunity to have fought in the political arena for America.

Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson finished sixth in last night’s Iowa caucuses.
Former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson finished sixth in last night’s Iowa caucuses. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

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Senior lawmakers in Congress have announced a bipartisan deal to expand the child tax credit and provide a series of tax breaks for businesses.

The deal would enhance refundable child tax credits in an attempt to provide relief to families that are struggling financially and those with multiple children. It would also adjust the tax credit for inflation starting in 2024.

Senate Finance committee chair Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and House Ways and Means committee chair Jason Smith, a Missouri Republican, unveiled the agreement as a “common sense, bipartisan, bicameral tax framework that promotes the financial security of working families, boosts growth and American competitiveness, and strengthens communities and Main Street businesses.”

In a statement, Smith said:

American families will benefit from this bipartisan agreement that provides greater tax relief, strengthens Main Street businesses, boosts our competitiveness with China, and creates jobs.

Wyden said in a statement:

Fifteen million kids from low-income families will be better off as a result of this plan, and given today’s miserable political climate, it’s a big deal to have this opportunity to pass pro-family policy that helps so many kids get ahead.

Wyden has said he hopes to pass the deal by the beginning of tax filing season on 29 Jan but the deal, which was not negotiated by the leadership, still faces many hurdles amid a looming government shutdown.

Kamala Harris: we’ve beaten Trump before and we’ll beat him again

Kamala Harris has said she is confident she and Joe Biden will win reelection in November regardless of who their Republican opponent will be.

“No matter who the Republican nominee is, we’re winning,” Harris said in an interview with ABC News filmed before the Iowa caucuses last night. She added:

If it is Donald Trump, we’ve beat him before and we’ll beat him again.

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