Former President Donald Trump plans to attend Saturday's football game between Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, his campaign team said.
The game, hosted this year by the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, is the premier sporting event in the state that is scheduled to host the Republican presidential primary nomination in January. The visit will be Trump's sixth trip to the state this year.
Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who is one of a dozen challengers to Trump for the 2024 GOP nomination, also plans to attend the Iowa State-Iowa game, his campaign team said.
With about four months to go before the election, Trump is well ahead of his Iowa rivals in the latest polls, despite facing four criminal charges. Two of the charges allege he acted unlawfully to try to redeem his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump is the clear favorite in the first caucus polls. 42% of likely Iowa Republican caucus attendees say Trump is their first choice, according to an Iowa poll by Des Moines Register/Mediacom/NBC News conducted last month. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a distant second, although many indicate they are still considering him.
Trump visited Iowa four times over the summer months, including a stop at the Iowa State Fair, where he was greeted by crowds of supporters and news media. He traveled to Iowa more times than any other early competitive state, met privately with evangelical ministers, hosted policy-oriented events in auditoriums, and welcomed supporters and conservative activists.
Trump, who is not appearing at an impeachment hearing in Georgia on Wednesday, is scheduled to headline a Republican Party dinner in South Dakota on Friday.