November 20th, 2007
09:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Iowa senator says Romney will win Hawkeye State's caucuses

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Iowa’s senior Republican lawmaker says he believes that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win the Iowa caucuses.

Sen. Chuck Grassley also predicts that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will place second and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will finish third in the caucuses. Romney is the leader in most state polls in Iowa, with Huckabee in second place. Grassley is not endorsing any Republican candidates in the caucuses.

The longtime senator made his comments during a discussion Tuesday with reporters in Iowa. The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 3rd, and will kick off the presidential primary season.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

Filed under: Iowa • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Shawnie Cannon, Grants Pass OR

    Romney is focused, dedicated, professional, energetic, hard-working, innovative and successful. No surprise here!

    November 20, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Shardule, Boston, MA

    Next thing you know, he'll predict the Patriots will win the Super Bowl or that Dick Cheney will not run for President. I'm calling Senator Grassley next time I place a bet on something.

    November 20, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. WT, San Francisco CA

    For more thoughts on how I predict the candidates will place in the Iowa caucuses, just look at the latest poll. Whatever the results are, that's what I predict.

    November 20, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Nathan, Raleigh, NC

    Huckabee will win by a narrow margin, thus will set Romney back on his heels. There are just too many irrational Republicans in Iowa and the remainder of the country, leaving very few to vote by logic and reason. If they did so, they would vote for Ron Paul.

    November 20, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Yup, Sen. Grassley is right – Gov. Romney will win the Iowa caucuses, then New Hampshire, then South Carolina. He will receive Republican nomination and ultimately will become 44th President of the United States.

    November 20, 2007 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Reuben Goldenstein, Dahlgren VA

    Iowa has too much influence over elections, why they should be allowed to declare the winner before other states have even voted? The whole process needs to be changed so that all states vote simultaniously and all election results announced simultaniously, If that means that some Westerners have to get up early and some Easterners have to stay up late then so be it!

    November 20, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Darrel Iowa

    Hope for Huckabee #1
    Good Man / Tough to Beat /

    Independant from Iowa

    November 20, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Gundy, Salem, UT

    This is not new news. Romney has had the win clinched in Iowa for months now. Romney will win South Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wyoming, Nevada, and Florida as well... Hows that for a prediction? Booyah!

    November 20, 2007 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. Tim, Fridley,Mn

    Mitt wants to double Guantanamo Bay. Also he will "lawyer-up" on every issue there is. When will America learn, that we need someone who will work for us, the citizen?

    Please check out Ron Paul. He understands that we run this country, not any lawyers.

    November 20, 2007 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  10. michelle b , fayetteville, ar.

    No surprise that the sensible, family-oriented people in Iowa choose Mitt Romney. The rest of country should take note.

    Congratulations, Gov. Romney !

    November 20, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. no demo's,la.

    anybody better then a dummycraft social lib!! go----repubs!!

    November 20, 2007 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. Wendy, Gloucester, NJ

    God help us if Romney wins anything leading to the Presidency!!

    November 20, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  13. Terry, El Paso, TX

    While reading this blog, remember that every Romney supporter told us to vote for Bush in 2000 and in 2004. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice...

    November 21, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Don IOWA

    Iowa loves you Mitt!Mitt 08!

    November 25, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  15. monique alponte, tucson, AZ

    Remember, Romney's Iowa lead is marginal, there's still time left for Huckabee to win, as his ads just hit the airways there. But Grassley's prediction is too premature, he's not taking into consideration the important part of the poll, where the committment to their votes is over 50% for Huckabee and only 27% for Romney, which means many of Romney's supporters state they could easily change their vote. And I predict they will, which will give Huckabee the win since there's such a small margin. Another thing Grassley is not taking into consideration is the Christian vote is usually a bit slow to surface, as was the case in the Bush-Kerry election. But their tusumani will come in the end and Huckabee will win in Iowa.

    ...a large part of Romney's evangelical support results from being seen as the less-than-perfect but most likely Anyone But Rudy candidate. But if Huckabee suddenly emerges as a real alternative for the remaining uncommitted evangelicals to unite behind (which is the case today), then Giuliani may find himself with a re-energized evangelical base opposing him, especially after Rudy loses both Iowa and New Hampshire as they head south. If Dobson and the rest of the uncommitted evangelical leadership feel Huckabee gives them a new chance to control the nomination, then the GOP race shifts [to Huckabee].

    November 26, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |