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During the March Madness NCAA Tournament, we have been conducting our own bracket.

We put together a list of 32 Republicans who may run for President in 2024. We used a somewhat scientific method to determine seedings 1-4, and then did our best.

We are now to the point where there is a “Final Four.”

As such, we want to highlight each of those candidates who has advanced to The Iowa Standard’s Final Four and look how they got here — we’ll also highlight a few comments.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has seen success before in Iowa. The winner of the 2016 Iowa Caucus has advanced to the Final Four in our 2024 Presidential March Madness contest.

Cruz opened with a first-round victory against Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. It wasn’t unanimous, but it wasn’t close either.

Stefanik didn’t have a lot in terms of detractors, but Cruz clearly has built a strong Iowa base.

That set up a difficult second-round matchup between Cruz and Candace Owens. By the count we had when the 24-hour voting window closed, Cruz edged Owens 63-60.

Just about everyone agreed it was a tough decision.

That created a quarterfinal of Cruz and Secretary Mike Pompeo. Cruz finished with a wider margin of victory than he did against Owens, but still faced some doubts.

“I would vote for a Democrat before I would ever vote for Lyin’Ted,” Colby said.

But that was the minority opinion as Cruz received quite a bit of support compared to Pompeo.

It leaves us with a Final Four of President Donald J. Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley, Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz.

We’ll post the Final Four matchups over the weekend!

Author: Jacob Hall