Former President Donald Trump flipped burgers and threw footballs, engaging with his supporters before attending an Iowa-Iowa State college football game.
“We love Iowa,” the former president continued. “We just left South Dakota last night. It was an amazing evening. We got a wonderful endorsement, as you know from the governor, and we’re here and this reception has been incredible.”
“Tonight, I’m calling on congressional Republicans to ban Joe Biden from using a single tax dollar—no taxpayer money—to release or resettle illegal aliens into the United States,” the former president said at the rally.
Also attended the football game was Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who shared a picture of him and Gov. Kim Reynolds in the stands on X, the social media platform formally known as Twitter.
Ms. Reynolds has not endorsed a candidate and said last month that she would remain neutral. In August, she told Fox News in an interview that “I’m remaining neutral, but I don’t just want to rule it out down the road.”
“Here we are at this great in-state rivalry,” Mr. Burgum said. “Stadium packed, you can hear the cheering behind here.”
Mr. Burgum added, “We had a great day today, tailgating, talking with people about the important matters of this country. They’re concerned about inflation. They’re concerned about our border and immigration and where we’re going as a country.”
President Trump holds a commanding lead in the latest Iowa poll, conducted by Civiqs in conjunction with Iowa State University. The poll surveyed 434 likely Republican Iowa Caucus attendees from Sept. 2 to Sept. 7.
President Trump led with 51 percent of support, followed by Mr. DeSantis with 14 percent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley with 10 percent, and Mr. Ramaswamy with 9 percent.
“The race right now is clearly President Trump, a small second tier of four candidates—DeSantis, Haley, Ramaswamy, and [Sen. Tim] Scott—and then a lot of candidates without much support at all. Trump’s lead is strong, but it also might be something of a ceiling because most Iowans have strong opinions about him,” said David Peterson, a political science professor at Iowa State University, in a statement accompanying the poll.
Mr. Peterson said former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Vice President Mike Pence “are in terrible shape.”
“Christie isn’t a surprise since his campaign was always intended to make a lot of Republicans unhappy,” Mr. Peterson said. “Pence, however, is a bit surprising. He only has around 5% of the respondents who are even considering his candidacy but is actively opposed by over 20% of likely caucus goers.”