Clinton Edges Out Sanders In Iowa and Cruz Trumps-Trump

Clinton Edges Out Sanders In Iowa and Cruz Trumps-Trump

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, a huge victory for him and a bitter defeat for Donald Trump in the country’s first presidential contest.

But Trump’s big personality, social media presence and large rallies failed to overcome Cruz’s more traditional approach to Iowa’s retail politics. Cruz spent months touring the state and reaching out to evangelical voters. The win sets him up as a formidable contender in the delegate-rich, Southern states that crowd the GOP calendar in the coming weeks and offers movement conservatives hope that one of their own can become the nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan.


 

Clinton had been a clear front-runner in Iowa last summer, as she hoped to atone for her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic caucuses in the state. But Sanders (I-Vt.), hammering a message about economic inequities for the middle class, narrowed the margin in Iowa into a dead heat in the final days, and the results could presage a long, grueling fight to the nomination. He maintains a polling advantage in New Hampshire, which will hold its primaries next week.

Clinton, joined by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and daughter Chelsea, addressed before supporters even before the final tally was in, saying she was “breathing a sigh of relief.”

“It is rare that we have the opportunity we have now to have a real contest of ideas, to really think hard about what the Democratic Party stands for,” Clinton said. “I am excited about really getting into the debate with Senator Sanders about the best way forward to fight for us and America.”

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