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Democrats heartened as Iowa results set up likely Trump-Biden rematch

Donald Trump’s resounding win on Monday night has been portrayed as a triumph for the former US president and bad news for those who hoped his attempt to return to the Oval Office would show signs of floundering at the first jump.

Iowa’s Republican caucuses are hardly representative of the nation as a whole but as the first state to actually cast votes in the 2024 nomination contest, its results were eagerly anticipated across the political spectrum. As they trickled in one message was clear: among Republicans Trump’s message is still powerful.

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