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Cruz beats Trump, Clinton and Sanders tie in Iowa caucus

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This article was written by Connor Perrett, Kat Tenbarge, Marianne Dodson and Kayla Wood.

With 44 delegates at stake in Iowa, presidential hopefuls made their way to the hawkeye state to do some last minute campaigning before Iowans chose the candidates in both parties who best represented their interests.

Here are the results as of Feb. 2 at 1 a.m.

The Republicans:

Although Donald Trump may have led the Republican race in terms of media coverage, Ted Cruz came out on top with 28 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio finished third with 23 percent.

TED CRUZ

Ted Cruz was by no means an underdog going into the Iowa caucus, but he was also not the front runner. According to Real Clear Politics, as of Jan. 31, Ted Cruz trailed Donald Trump by 4.7 points, but at the caucus, Iowans chose Cruz over Trump or any of the other Republican candidates with 28 percent of the vote, according to CNN.

“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, but will be chosen by the most incredible, powerful force where all sovereignty resides in our nation, by we the people, the American people,” Cruz said after 99 percent of the Iowa precincts reported that he had won the Republican caucus.  

The next stop for Cruz is the New Hampshire primary Feb. 9, where he trails Trump by 21.7 points as of Jan. 31.

DONALD TRUMP

“I was told by everybody, ‘You cannot go to Iowa. You will not win, not even in the top ten.’ But I said I have friends in Iowa, I have people in Iowa, I think they’ll really like me, let’s give it a shot,” Donald Trump said in his speech after most of the results were in.

The Republican party’s most outspoken candidate finished second in Monday’s race with 24 percent of the state’s votes.

“We finished second and I just want to tell you something. I’m just honored. I’m really honored. And I want to congratulate Ted,” Trump said.

The election results came days after Trump refused to attend FOX News’ Republican presidential debate hosted by Megyn Kelly.

Trump’s next move is an appearance in Milford, New Hampshire. He will be campaigning for the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary.

The Democrats:

Going into the Iowa caucuses Monday night, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were battling for votes. At the beginning of the night, Clinton was leading by less than 10 points. After 95 percent of precincts reported, Sanders ranked at 49.6 percent, and Clinton ranked at 49.9 percent.

Shortly after midnight, CNN called that Sanders and Clinton essentially tied, and each candidate would likely receive half of the Iowa delegates.

Martin O’Malley was in distant third with 0.6 percent of the votes, according to CNN. He has since dropped out of the race for the White House.

HILLARY CLINTON

Hillary Clinton may not have clearly come out on top after the Iowa caucus, but she doesn’t seem to be too worried.

Clinton didn’t explicitly acknowledge the results in her speech given Monday night, but she did express optimism in her campaign and her vision.

She noted that she was “excited” to go forward and debate with Bernie Sanders, and she reiterated that although she’s the best candidate for the presidency, ultimately a Democratic White House is better than what Republicans have to offer.

“This campaign stands for what is best in America,” Clinton said. “But when it’s all said and done, we have to be united against a Republican vision and (against) candidates who would drive us apart and divide us.”  

BERNIE SANDERS

Sanders made a speech to a rowdy crowd of cheering Iowans on Monday night focusing on why he believes his campaign has made such great strides.

“I think the people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment,” Sanders said, “to the economic establishment and, by the way, to the media establishment.”

People want change, Sanders said, and he believes he can be that change by attempting to lessen the wage gap, standing up for the lower class and defending the environment.

“This is a tremendous victory for us tonight,” Sanders’s campaign manager Jeff Weaver said of the tie.

According to Real Clear Politics, Sanders was leading Clinton by 18 points in New Hampshire as of Jan. 31.

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