Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa primary, defeating Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. Although lastest polls showed Trump leading, in most cases that lead was within the margin of error. Cruz’s victory speech claimed this as a victory for grass roots and a loss for the “Washington Cartel.” Trump was gracious in his concession speech congratulating Senator Cruz and others.
Iowa Caucusers turned out in record numbers, at over 185,000,delegates, more than any other election. (Editor’s note: We believe Trump’s popularity fueled the enthusiasm in Iowa, even though he lost to Cruz. We have speculated often that Trump’s influence to greater audience was good for all candidates, not just Trump.)
Iowa divides its delegates proportionally, Cruz has 8 delegates, Trump has 7, Rubio has 7, Carson has 3, Paul has 1, Bush has 1. South Carolina is the first “winner take all” state which could provide substantial momentum for a candidate.
The results on the Republican side:
Ted Cruz – 27.7%
Donald Trump – 24.3%
Marco Rubio – 23.1%
Ben Carson – 9.3%
Carly Fiorina, John Kasick, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Chris Christie received less substantial shares of the voting. Mike Huckabee has dropped out of the race.
With 99% of votes counted Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still too close to call, Clinton is leading slightly with 49.9% versus 49.6% for Sanders. Clinton appears to have pulled out a victory and so will receive 22 delegates to Sander’s 21. O’Malley, with less than 1% of the delegates, has dropped out of the race.