Iowa Caucus Causes Change in Race Expectations

Monday’s Iowa caucus gave us the first glimpse of how the presidential race could potentially shape up.

After skipping the most-recent debate, national-front runner Donald Trump ended up finishing second place behind Texas Senator Ted Cruz on the Republican side. Although Trump lost, he mentioned his first-place standing in the New Hampshire polls as he looks forward to his next big test coming up on Tuesday for the next primary.

“Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there – a fraction of Cruz and Rubio. Came in strong second. Great honor,” tweeted Trump.

Despite Marco Rubio’s third place finish, he remained confident saying that the Republican nomination will be his.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson came in fourth, and Cruz could potentially be blamed for his low finish.

“Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope,” tweeted Cruz campaign staffer and Representative Steve King, after seeing a CNN report that claimed Carson will be dropping out of the race.

CNN denied portraying the situation in this light saying that they had just reported that Carson will return to his home in Florida instead of travelling straight to New Hampshire or South Carolina ahead of the next primary contests.

Carson called foul play and wants King fired.

“Whoever is responsible for blatant lying should be dismissed, absolutely. Unless that kind of behavior is acceptable in your campaign culture,” Carson told CNN.

The Democratic results of Iowa could indicate just how close the race could be between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, considering the very small margin that Clinton won by. While it once appeared as if Clinton might secure the Democratic nomination sooner than later, she might now have wait until the end of the month to be the clear Democratic front-runner.

Despite her narrow margin of victory, Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she was “thrilled.”

“My luck was not that good last time around, and it was wonderful to win the caucus, to have that experience,” said Clinton.

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