Ted cruises to victory in Iowa

Texas senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, signalling a huge loss for His Republican competitor Donald Trump. Cruz’s close victory at a time when Trump's big personality, social media presence and large rallies failed to overcome Cruz's more traditional approach to Iowa's retail politics. One of Cruz’s significant tactics was spending a significant amount of time reaching out to his evangelical base, something Trump may have cached a little too late on. Around 28% voted for Cruz, while 24% did so for Trump and 23% for Rubio. The win for the Texas senator sets him up as a formidable contender in the Southern states that attract conservative voters who hope that one of their own could gain the presidential nomination for the first time since Ronald Reagan. When Cruz's victory was announced, the senator was quick to point at Trump and the party elites who disregarded him.

About his victory Cruz said: "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” Meanwhile Trump vowed to his supporters to win the New Hampshire primary and said: "We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie. We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored."

Cruz's win could also suggest that he might just prevail over Trump, who has gained a reputation for his unconventional campaigning. According to polls, Trump was favoured as the winner in Iowa, but Cruz’s strong evangelical base made sure that the GOP boat remained steady for the time being. 

Meanwhile on the Democrat side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were both neck- in- neck with Hillary leading Sanders 50.1% to 49.4% with 95% of the votes counted.

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