With 4 months left until the caucus, Ron DeSantis is betting big on Iowa
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is going all-in on Iowa, the first state to hold a presidential nomination contest and one his campaign and allies believe he can win, despite numerous campaign shakeups and dips in his polling numbers throughout the summer.
He's committed to touring all 99 counties in Iowa, the so-called "full Grassley," named for the state's senior Republican senator, Chuck Grassley, who has been visiting every county in the state annually for over 40 years.
Both his campaign and the super PAC supporting him, "Never Back Down," have offices set up in the Des Moines area, with the PAC running five offices and employing 20 political staffers. The PAC says it's finished its second pass of door knocking, part of an over $100 million national investment in voter mobilization.
The PAC says it has signed up 12,000 Iowans to support DeSantis in the caucuses. It has spent $16 million on Iowa market TV ads, according to advertisement tracking firm AdImpact, and has a new $25 million ad buy in Iowa and New Hampshire that will run through Halloween.