Who won Iowa caucuses 2016 last night: Democrats clear, Republicans feel confused over outcome
Donald Trump has been shocked beyond belief by unexpected loss in Iowa Republican caucuses. He was predicting massive win over his competitors and polls were also showing him ahead comfortably over his rivals.
Nonetheless when the results started coming out, Ted Cruz started taking the lead and continued the lead till the last. He won 28 percent support in Iowa compared to 24 percent for the maverick Donald Trump and just less than 24 percent for Rubio.
This was the reason that the belligerent Trump looked subdued during his speech in Iowa immediately after the Iowa caucuses results were out and he was beaten by Cruz. After looking like the fall guy he delivered a short but gracious speech that lacked his normal bombast, saying he loved Iowa and vowed to bounce back next week in New Hampshire.
While speaking before his supporters who usually are as enthusiastic and boisterous as him he said, â€œWe will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernieâ€¦We finished second, and I have to say I am just honoredâ€.
On the other hand one person who seems to have got a boost from Iowa caucus is Rubio. As Jeb Bush has not been able to impress and got just over two percent votes, he may become Republican establishmentâ€™s favorite to dump Donald Trump and Ted Cruz who may destroy the whole GOP establishment if any of the two wins the nomination.
While talking to his supporters after the results were out and he had got as much votes as Trump, Rubio said, â€œThis is the moment they said would never happen. For months, they told us we had no chanceâ€¦They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message â€” after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back”. His great performance was simply impressive.
On the other hand Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both got 50 percent votes each. Clinton, the national front-runner, admitted breathing a “big sigh of relief” after escaping Iowa — the state she handily lost to Obama in 2008 — but promised a vigorous campaign with Sanders. Nonetheless Hillary Clinton announced his victory in the state. “Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucusâ€¦After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates” the Clinton campaign said. Nonetheless the state party was non-committal in this regard. “The results tonight are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus historyâ€¦We will report that final precinct when we have confirmed those results with the chair” Iowa party chairman Andy McGuire said. One thing is clear after Monday night’s Iowa caucuses: there’s a long, volatile election season ahead before two deeply fractured parties can unite behind a nominee.