Trump announces he is headed to Iowa State Fair with full team of Florida Republicans who back him over DeSantis

DeSantis is also scheduled to appear at the event.

Nine Florida Republicans who endorsed Donald Trump for GOP leader over their own governor will join the former president when he pays a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Saturday.

Ron DeSantis is also scheduled to be at the event, though it remains to be seen whether he bumps into Trump and his entourage of Floridians. 

According to the Des Moines Register, Trump's campaign confirmed that Florida Republican Reps. Gus Bilirakis, Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, Carlos Gimenez, Brian Mast, Cory Mills, Anna Paulina Luna, Greg Steube, and Mike Waltz will be making the trek over to Iowa to spend the day alongside the former president.

Each representative has been publicly outspoken about their commitment to the GOP frontrunner.

On Wednesday, Gimenez said on X that he was "excited to meet with Iowa voters and encourage them to caucus for President Trump."

"I lost my native homeland to socialism, we cannot lose America to Biden’s fringe, far-left agenda," he added.

As the Register reports, many have suggested the decision to be seen alongside nine Floridians who abandoned DeSantis was made in order to convince Iowans who support the governor to shift their allegiance to Trump, who is the only candidate, aside from Chris Christie, not taking part in an event with the Register or the "fair-side chat" series with Gov. Kim Reynolds.

The former president has maintained a strong lead in the Hawkeye State, however polls have shown that the gap between him and his closest rival is smaller there than at the national level.

According to a New York Times/Siena poll released on August 4, 44 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump in the Iowa Republican caucus, compared to DeSantis' 20 percent.

The Iowa caucuses have long been regarded as an indicator of how a candidate will perform not only within the Republican Party, but in the general election as well. The Republican event is scheduled for January 15.
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