Iowa Caucus Results: An Upset and a Near Tie
Cruz wins Iowa Republican Caucuses; Clinton squeaks out a victory in the Democratic contest.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was the clear winner of the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday night, winning 27.7 percent of the vote. Cruz’s win was an upset over businessman Donald Trump, who had been leading in the polls right up until voting began. Trump came in second, with 24.3 percent of the votes, while Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was a close third, with 23.1 percent.
“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives . . . across this great nation,” Cruz said in his victory speech.
The Democratic results were the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won by a very small margin. She received 49.9 percent of the votes, while Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont received 49.6 percent. With the race so tight, the Democratic Party in Iowa did not announce final results until Tuesday afternoon.
NEW HAMPSHIRE’S NEXT
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a Democratic candidate, ended his campaign Monday night. So did Republican candidate Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas. Neither did well in the caucuses. Eight other Republican candidates remain in the race now.
All the candidates will now look ahead to New Hampshire, which will hold the next contest of the election on February 9. Republican Senator Rubio is hoping his strong third-place finish gives him momentum going into that state’s election. Democratic Senator Sanders is expected to do well there. Democratic front-runner Clinton may not win in New Hampshire, but experts say she has a better chance of winning in the states that follow: South Carolina and Nevada.