Iowa: Cruz a Clear Winner, Clinton Squeaks By

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February 1, 2016
Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton have won the most votes in the Iowa Caucuses. The race for the delegates has just begun.

Caucuses took place in all 99 of Iowa’s counties. Many observers had predicted a high turnout, and that is what many caucus sites reported, even as a fierce snowstorm descended on the state.

Clinton, the former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady, had built up an extensive network of operatives and volunteers throughout the state. Still, Sanders, a Senator from Vermont, was not far behind and vowed to continue his campaign through the summer months. In the end, the difference in delegates secured by both candidates was minimal. Clinton's percentage total was just less than 50, as was Sanders'.

Cruz, a Senator from Texas, personally visited all 99 counties and, like Clinton, had an extensive ground network built up. In the end, Cruz got nearly 28 percent of the vote. Trump, the firebrand businessman and former TV show host, finished a strong second, with 24 percent fo the vote. Florida Senator Marco Rubio was not far behind, with 23 percent.

Lagging in voter support were Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, Jim Kasich, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum.

The final Democratic delegate count was this: Clinton with 22, Sanders with 21.

The Democratic nominee will be the first to secure 2,382 delegates.

The final Republican delegate count was this:

  • Cruz, 8
  • Trump, 7
  • Rubio, 7
  • Carson, 3
  • Bush, 1
  • Paul, 1.

The Republican nominee will be the first to secure 1,237 delegates.

The struggle for the Democratic nomination will continue as a two-person race, with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announcing late on Monday that he was suspending his campaign. O’Malley had participated in the debates and had campaigned all over Iowa and elsewhere in the country, but his support was minimal when it came time to count the voters.

On the Republican side, Huckabee, who finished second overall in the national race in 2012, announced that he would end his 2016 campaign.

The focus for the surviving candidates will shift to New Hampshire, where the first-in-the-nation primary takes place on February 9.

A couple list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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