The first state to select their nominees for President have selected Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the Republicans, but the vote on the Democratic side has resulted in a tie.
“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation,” Cruz said after earning 28% of Monday’s vote. His biggest rival, businessman and reality television star Donald Trump, only managed to get 24%, while the remaining began dropping like flies, as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul officially withdrew from the race.
As for the Democrats, the percentage of the votes won by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton differed by less than half a percentage point, leaving it a virtual tie. Nonetheless Clinton is claiming the win, albeit by a very small margin. But it remains very much a tight race, as candidates from both sides vacate Iowa and instead head to New Hampshire, the next state to vote in the extremely long election cycle.
Sanders has a significant lead in New Hampshire, and is expected to win by much more than a fraction of a percent. But the Republican result is less assured thanks in part to Cruz ‘upset’ win in Iowa, but also because the New England state does not have as large of an evangelical electorate as the one that ushered him in on Monday.
Thus only time will tell who trumps who. Pun intended.