If he seeks the Republican nomination, Gross and others said, Trump would probably want to bypass the up-close campaigning and the behind-the-scenes meetings with local party activists that the Iowa caucus electorate expects from serious presidential contenders.

“I don’t think he’s prepared at all for what it means to run in the caucuses in Iowa,” said Sac County Republican Chairwoman Ann Trimble-Ray, a consultant to Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King and a leading party activist in GOP-heavy western Iowa. “I think that’s going to shock the socks off this guy.”…

“I will meet many, many people, maybe all of the people” in Iowa, Trump told The Des Moines Register last month. “If I decide to run, I will be shaking hands with everybody.”