Iowa caucuses: GOP’s Ted Cruz & Dem’s Hilary Clinton wins

Hillary Clinton won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to final results from the Iowa Democratic Party. Republican Ted Cruz bested Donald Trump, raising questions about the billionaire’s reliance on his celebrity instead of the traditional political organization . . .

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Democratic Hillary Clinton wins Iowa caucuses

Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to final results from the Iowa Democratic Party.

She just edges Bernie Sanders in the total of state delegate equivalents awarded Monday night.

“I am so thrilled,” Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “My luck was not that good last time around, and it was wonderful to win the caucus, to have that experience.”

But the narrow win, which follows a long night in which the two candidates remained deadlocked, means Clinton faces the prospect of an extended fight for the Democratic presidential nomination. She may have to wait until late February for a realistic chance to put a solid win in her column. Sanders holds a strong lead in New Hampshire, the next state to vote on February 9.

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Republican Ted Cruz wins Iowa Caucuses

Donald Trump bid badly wounded in Iowa

Republican Ted Cruz bested Donald Trump, raising questions about the billionaire’s reliance on his celebrity instead of traditional political organization. And Marco Rubio’s stronger-than-expected showing could mark him as the establishment’s best hope against a grassroots revolt in next week’s New Hampshire primary and beyond.

Cruz’s victory sets him up as a formidable force in delegate-rich, Southern states to come and offers movement conservatives hope that one of their own can become the Republican nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan.

Claiming victory, Cruz fired immediate shots at both Trump and the party elites he has so infuriated by waging an anti-establishment crusade that has nevertheless endeared him to the GOP’s rank and file.

“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,” Cruz said.

With about 99% of the GOP vote in, Cruz was ahead of Trump 28% to 24%. Rubio was at 23%.

Watch video news footage on Clinton’s and Cruz’s foray into the Iowa Caucuses – below:

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