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DeSantis Campaign Press Release - New Video: Haley Fails to Live up to Hawkeye State Hype

January 16, 2024

"Everything fell into place for her and then all of the sudden it imploded"

DES MOINES, Iowa – Ron DeSantis defied polls, pundits, and record negative spending alike last night by beating expectations in Iowa and securing second place.

Meanwhile, Nikki Haley's poll-driven campaign flopped in Iowa with a gut-wrenching third place. This embarrassing defeat is compounded by sky-high expectations Haley herself, her team, surrogates, and benefactors celebrated, as well as the fact that she spent the most of any candidate in Iowa, including over $24 million just to falsely attack DeSantis.

The DeSantis campaign released a new video today hammering Haley for failing to live up to her own hype in Iowa.

Watch it HERE.

Because Nikki Haley will claim she never said any of these things, below are citations of just a few of the times Nikki Haley assured the nation that she was second in Iowa, and it would be between her and Trump going into New Hampshire:

Nikki Haley: "It is slow and steady wins the race. We are now surging. We 're second in Iowa, we're second in New Hampshire, we're second in South Carolina and we've got one more fellow to go after and I'm telling you, we're going to do it." (Fox News, 11/9/23)

Haley: "I'm not worried... Our numbers are going up. We are in second place in Iowa, second place in New Hampshire, second place in South Carolina. Our numbers are going up. I trust the people on the ground and you can feel the momentum." (Fox News, 11/20/23)

Haley: "I really think going into New Hampshire it will be a two-person race between me and Trump" (Fox News, 1/14/24)

Haley: "We know that momentum that we take from Iowa is going to go into New Hampshire, it's going to get even stronger in South Carolina until we finish this. This will be a two-person race with me and Donald Trump." (Fox Business, 1/15/24)

Haley: "We are solid second in Iowa, second in New Hampshire, second in South Carolina. We got one more fella to catch up to and we're going to get it done." (Fox Business, 1/15/24)

Haley: "This is quickly going to become a two-person race. I think it's going to be between me and Donald Trump going into New Hampshire." (Fox News, 1/13/24)

Nikki Haley can claim whatever she wants about this primary, but the voters of Iowa have spoken and dealt her a major blow. She now has to win her home state or bust.

Ron DeSantis, DeSantis Campaign Press Release - New Video: Haley Fails to Live up to Hawkeye State Hype Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/370623

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