America and only in could you have four different people
making victory speeches when only two people won. Iowa
First was Marco Rubio stealing every line possible from Trump and Cruz as he profusely thanked the
voters for helping
him do the impossible against all odds.
Odd thing is he only finished third but he had a plane to catch to Iowa so he was
pressed for time. New Hampshire
Then it was the actual GOP winner Ted Cruz and before he was halfway through the victory speech out came Hillary Clinton and the networks cut to her while cutting off Cruz.
Hillary gave a fiery and almost mad speech stealing every line possible from Bernie Sanders while hugging Chelsea and Wild Bill before running off to catch her plane for
New Hampshire as if she had enough of the voters. Since she was still in a dead heat at the
time and no news network predicted she would win, it seemed a bit audacious and
Bernie Sanders followed Hillary, although he did not claim a voting victory, but certainly was justified in claiming a great moral victory against the
machine. By the time all four victory speeches were
done there was still just one winner and one dead heat. Clinton
What did we learn from the
In terms of strategy, Cruz was best with his 12,000 volunteers who got him the victory. Next best was Rubio who targeted just five of the ninety-nine
counties and still managed to finish third breathing down the neck of The
Trump stunned the news media when he also spoke and gave a gracious and humble three-minute thank you to the
voters, with nary a nasty word uttered.
As of the morning after there were still no nasty Tweets from Trump, an
eerie silence. Iowa
In the Iowa Caucus only one winner since 1972 then won the presidency, Barack Obama in 2008, not much of a record of success over a forty-four year period. It was the same with Republicans as just George W. Bush in 2000 won since 1976.
As for the Republican vote, it went like this.
Ted Cruz 51,666 28%
Donald Trump 45,427 24%
Marco Rubio 43,165 23%
The top three GOP finishers all broke the record for the most votes in Iowa GOP caucus history, quite a remarkable feat.
The total Republican vote of 186,295 shattered the previous GOP record of 121,503 while 171,109 Democrats voted, well below the 240,000 Obama drew in 2008. In fact, this may have been one of few times more Republicans than Democrats voted in the Iowa primary, perhaps not so good a sign for the Democrats in terms of new voter registration and turnout potential this year.
Bernie Sanders won the youth vote, age 17-29, by an astonishing 84% to 14% for
, also a bad sign for the Democrat
frontrunner. Most notable in the GOP
race was a significant increase in the Evangelical voters, the Cruz base. It totaled about 64% of the GOP voters, but
Cruz, Trump, and Rubio split the vote evenly. Clinton
Cruz and his highly proclaimed
organization delivered as did Rubio and his five-county strategy. As for Trump, he may need to beef up his
ground organization in future primaries but for his first election effort and
considering all the anti-Trump media for the past nine months, it was quite