COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Everything about part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has upset conventional political wisdom.
In Iowa, with its caucus system that requires voters to commit a couple hours on a Monday night to support their candidate, conventional wisdom holds that retail politicking and grass-roots organization are the key to victory.
Trump has campaigned here mainly through large rallies. He leads the polls — including the latest Des Moines Register survey — and gets the biggest crowds.
But will his supporters commit to show up for the caucuses on Monday?
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Trump’s campaigning “is completely different than the type of campaigning that we’re used to,” says Craig Robinson, editor of the conservative news and opinion site TheIowaRepublican.com. “But I think Iowans are smart enough to realize that someone like him is not going to campaign like Rick Santorum.”
Santorum, narrow winner of the 2012 caucuses, is one of the candidates who has done a “Full Grassley” by campaigning in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Longtime Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is known for his constituent contact. Grassley hasn’t endorsed, but has made appearances with several presidential candidates.
“The general expectation is that you put forth enough of an effort to see them (voters) where they’re at,” Robinson said. “Trump is an exception to that.”