The Fox News Decision Desk projects that Gov. Ron DeSantis will take second place in the Iowa caucuses. 

DeSantis will trail Trump by a significant margin, but coming in second may give his campaign a much needed boost.

The Fox News Decision Desk projects DeSantis has edged former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who comes in third, as he tries to make the case that he is the true alternative candidate to former President Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Haley will look to regain support in New Hampshire.

Vivek Ramaswamy comes in fourth in the Iowa caucuses.

The contest between Haley and DeSantis quickly heated up between the two Southern conservatives after entrepreneur Ramaswamy’s rise in the polls fizzled following the first presidential debate. Haley and DeSantis continued to battle in Iowa and elsewhere to convince voters it was a two-candidate race between them and Trump.


It’s unclear what Haley’s path to victory will be considering Trump’s commanding lead in the upcoming New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, although recent polls suggest she stands in a distant second place in both contests ahead of DeSantis.

Nikki Haley, Ron DeSantis

Republican presidential candidates Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis. (Getty Images)

Ahead of the Fox News Decision Desk second-place call, the DeSantis campaign indicated to Fox News Digital in a statement that the former governor would be pushing ahead in the race for the GOP nomination.

“They threw everything at Ron DeSantis. They couldn’t kill him. He is not only still standing, but he’s now earned his ticket out of Iowa. This is going to be a long battle ahead, but that is what this campaign is built for. The stakes are too high for this nation and we will not back down,” a senior DeSantis campaign official said.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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