He’s baaaack! In the first primary contest of the 2024 race to the White House, former President Donald Trump romped to an historic victory in Iowa, wrapping up the Hawkeye state in just thirty minutes. With 51% of the vote, Trump scored the largest margin in the history of Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses.

Surveying Trump’s landslide, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News, “Despite every lawsuit, despite every effort to destroy Trump, the people of Iowa have stood up and said, ‘No, he is our candidate.’”

President Joe Biden appeared to relish the results, tweeting “[T]his election was always going to be you and me vs. extreme MAGA Republicans. It was true yesterday and it’ll be true tomorrow.” Democrats have long argued that a Trump vs. Biden rematch is their best chance at keeping the White House. The New York Times, however, warns that Trump has “rallied every corner of the party, including the white working class. But few cross-sections of Republicans rebounded as much as college-educated conservatives.” The Grey Lady reports that many of these Trump-wary skeptics are dismayed by “what they described as excessive and unfair legal investigations targeting the former president.”  Trump’s rising fortunes among college educated Republicans has “notably coincided with a cascade of 91 felony charges in four criminal cases.” In their zeal, Democrats may have created a political beast that bites them in November.