Exuding his usual confidence and bravado, Ted Cruz thanked voters in Iowa for propelling him to victory in the Iowa caucuses.
Cruz finished with 28 percent of the vote, enough for a four point victory over Donald Trump. Marco Rubio came up third with 23 percent. Trump was congratulatory but confident as he addressed a crowd at his Iowa headquarters while Marco Rubio touted his third place finish as a victory for his campaign over all those who doubted its legitimacy.
Meanwhile, the Iowa Democratic Party announced Hillary Clinton has officially won the closest Democratic caucuses in the state’s history, beating Bernie Sanders by two-tenths of a percent. Sanders wasted no time moving on to his next challenge, jetting off to New Hampshire to speak with supporters before the sun even rose.
Now, the work begins in New Hampshire just a week away from the first-in-the-nation primary. Ted Cruz will have his work cut out for him there, where the latest polls have him trailing Trump by over 20 percent. Hailing from next door neighbor Vermont, Bernie Sanders is a household name in the Granite State, so Hillary Clinton will also have some ground to make up as she also trails by a sizeable margin.
What do last night’s caucus results tell us about the candidates? Do you think Iowa’s results are a sign of things to come? Who has the most work to do in New Hampshire?
Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; founder of Rodriguez Strategies; former senior Obama advisor in 2008. He tweets @RodStrategies
Reed Galen, Republican political strategist and owner of Jedburghs, LLC., a public affairs and campaign consultancy firm in Orange County