UPDATE: Hillary declares victory after winning 6 Iowa precincts by coin tosses
Once again the prediction gurus were wrong. Donald Trump (24%) lags behind Ted Cruz (28%) by 4 percentage points. In total votes, that’s 51,047 for Cruz to 44,837 for Trump.
Cruz‘ Iowa ground game paid off. As he addressed his supporters, he said, “God bless the great state of Iowa. Tonight is a victory for the grass-roots. Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation. Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media; will not be chosen by the Washington establishment; will not be chosen by the lobbyists.”
The Iowa caucus numbers are all here, courtesy of Fox News. It’s time for big spending Jeb! Bush, pulling a mere three percent, to fold his tent and give Karl Rove and his white board a vacation. The GOP establishment has received the back of the hand of middle America.
A record 185,000 people reportedly took part in the GOP caucuses, shattering the 2012 turnout by 5.4 percent.
And the Dems? Clinton and Sanders are in a virtual tie, with no definitive winner called Monday night. Martin O’Malley, with just 1%, has decided to suspend his presidential campaign.