Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Winning Iowa

December 15, 2015, 7:41 PM UTC
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Westgate Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 14, 2015. Trump will face off with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and six other main stage candidates at the GOP debate on December 15. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / AFP / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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Despite the fact that he’s currently trailing Ted Cruz in the Hawkeye State, Donald Trump isn’t particularly worried.

“Don’t worry; it’s just Iowa,” he said to supporters Tuesday morning, reports USA Today.

Now, to be fair, Trump went on to say that he “loves” Iowa and that he still thinks he’ll win when voters caucus on February 1. But recent history tells us that he may not actually need to worry about winning the first nominating contest in the nation.

The past two Iowa Republican caucus winners — Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum — have not been the GOP’s nominee come the summer. (Again, to be fair, Santorum barely eked out a win over eventual nominee Mitt Romney, who was initially declared the winner before a recount found Santorum had won by less than 50 votes.)

The New Hampshire primary, held just about a week after the Iowa caucuses, is more telling. Romney and John McCain both won in New Hampshire before going on to face Barack Obama in the general. Trump currently has a commanding lead in the New Hampshire polls.

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