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Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis greets guests after speaking during the Scott County Fireside Chat at the Tanglewood Hills Pavilion in Bettendorf, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron DeSantis wanted to be like Trump. Now he's trying to prove he's not to win Iowa

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Perhaps no presidential candidate has leaned more into talking about schools than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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How schools (but not necessarily education) became central to the Republican primary

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Clockwise, from top left: former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images; Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images; Jim Vondruska/Getty Images; Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images; Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Where the Republican presidential candidates stand on immigration

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Republican presidential candidates from left, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NewsNation on Wednesday at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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5 major takeaways — and one thing missing — from the fourth Republican debate

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Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (right) holds up a sign referring to former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (left), as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (center) looks on, during the fourth Republican presidential primary debate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley puts her hand up to Vivek Ramaswamy while he speaks to her as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (C) listens during the NBC News Republican Presidential Primary Debate. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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From left to right, top: former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former President Donald Trump, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. From left to right, bottom: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Vivek Ramaswamy. Joe Raedle/Getty Images; Brandon Bell/Getty Images; Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images; Scott Olson/Getty Images; Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Darla Chaddock (left) and her husband, Rob Chaddock, share a drink with their friends Michelle and Kenny Stone (right) at Judy's Barge Inn in Buffalo, Iowa. Franco Ordoñez/NPR hide caption

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In Buffalo, Iowa, a community wrestles with Trump-fueled political apathy

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Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to attendees at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit on Nov. 4, 2023 in Kissimmee, Fla. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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Once Florida's favorite son, Floridians turn on DeSantis in his bid for president

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Former President and 2024 Republican president candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Claremont, N.H., on Saturday. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates from left, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., participate in a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News Wednesday in Miami. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott participate in the NBC News Republican Presidential Primary Debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Thursday in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis participate in the FOX Business Republican Primary Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in September. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and former Vice President Mike Pence, at a debate hosted by FOX Business and Univision, Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Mark Terrill/AP hide caption

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In this file image, then-President Donald Trump and then-former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate on Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Morry Gash/Getty Images hide caption

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Tired of the Republican primary, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump shifts focus to Biden

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Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shakes hands with fairgoers at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 12 in Des Moines, Iowa. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Once the leading alternative to Trump, turnover in the DeSantis team spells trouble

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