Time is running out for Republican candidates to close the gap on Donald Trump.
The Iowa Caucuses are just a little over two months away.
But Ron DeSantis is closing in on one major milestone that he hopes will be a gamechanger in Iowa.
Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Chris Christie, and Vivek Ramaswamy were set to appear on stage Wednesday in Miami for the third GOP Presidential Primary debate.
Donald Trump continued his tradition of skipping the debate and thumbing his nose at Americans who want to see him actually step in the ring and go toe-to-toe with Ron DeSantis.
The former President instead held a counter rally in South Florida and cited his lead in corporate-controlled news media polls as his reason for not appearing on stage at the first three debates.
In the key battleground state of Iowa, a poll released last Monday by the Des Moines Register found Trump leading the Hawkeye State by 27 points.
The poll also showed Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley both tied for second place with 16 percent support.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis believes media polls do not matter as much as the grassroots voters, and given the nature of the Iowa Caucuses, grassroots support is almost all that matters.
DeSantis is focusing all of his efforts on winning Iowa on January 15.
Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds just came out in full support for DeSantis and promised to campaign for him all across the state over the next two months.
DeSantis is also putting in the hard work in Iowa by setting a goal of completing the “Full Grassley” tour by January 15.
The “Full Grassley” tour is named after Senator Chuck Grassley, who famously visits all 99 counties every six years when up for re-election to the Upper Chamber.
“Following a five-stop blitz through western Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis greeted cheering crowds in Grimes Friday night,” KCCI reported. “People packed into a Destination Grille event space while others poured into the hallway and a bar behind the event room, eager to hear from the Florida governor.”
Grimes was the 87th county visited by DeSantis as part of his effort to complete the Full Grassley.
On Tuesday, DeSantis made a stop in Scott County, making him just 11 counties shy of the Full Grassley.
Donald Trump is leading in the polls.
But DeSantis is the only Presidential candidate committed to the Full Grassley tour.
And only time will tell if his efforts pay off on Caucus Night.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.