In a last-minute rally at a Cedar Rapids brewery ahead of the Iowa caucuses, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy rallied his supporters, emphasizing scepticism towards polls. Renting an apartment in Des Moines and traversing all 99 counties in Iowa twice, Ramaswamy concluded his extensive campaign with nearly 400 events across the state.
Despite his dedicated efforts, the final Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa poll, released on Saturday, positioned Ramaswamy at 8% support among likely Republican circusgoer’s. This placed him behind Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, with 16% and 20% support, respectively. Notably, the poll underscored Donald Trump’s dominant lead with 48% of likely circusgoers.
During a 30-minute address and a subsequent 45-minute Q&A session, Ramaswamy addressed various topics, including immigration and gun rights. Responding to a last-minute attack from Trump, who discouraged his supporters from voting for Ramaswamy over the weekend, the biotech entrepreneur remained unfazed, standing firm in his presidential bid. The caucuses would ultimately reveal the response to Ramaswamy’s dedicated Iowa campaign.