Trump Crushed By Ted Cruz In Iowa Republican Caucus Primary… Hillary In For Demo-The Republican 2016 Presidential nomination hopeful and front runner, Donald Trump has been elbowed-out in the much publicized Iowa Caucuses nomination race, defeated by Ted Cruz, another favorite contestant.
Trump, whose nomination campaign has been characterized by racial controversies already has conceded defeat to his fellow contestant as Texas Senator Ted Cruz scored more votes to grab the first nomination ticket deflating Donald Trump’s much inflated ego and pulling down his overblown arrogance and shaming his spent billions in the strategically important Iowa’s presidential nominating contest.
The committed conservative faithful Mr Cruz upbeat the billionaire businessman by 28% to 24.3%, with 99% of precincts reporting results in the rural Midwestern US state.
Senator Marco Rubio from Florida who had been viewed by many Republicans as a more mainstream alternative, nipped at Mr Trump’s heels only grabbing less votes to score third place with 23.1% in the much publicized contest.
The Iowa show is the first vote contested to choose US presidential representation in the November election.
“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives,” Cruz declared, receiving loud ovation as he railed against Washington, lobbyists and the media.
Votes in the Democratic race are still being counted, with Hillary Clinton’s camp believing they have narrowly won. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas therefore submerged other twelve-person race members.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former American secretary of state, senator and clinched victory over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont sharing the lion’s shares of the Iowa Democratic caucuses votes in the Democratic candidacy contest which ended Tuesday morning.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas emerged on top of the twelve-person race for Iowa’s 30 GOP delegates.
It was a hard struggle for Hillary Clinton’s to subdue the erstwhile underdog, Bernie Sanders, who is a democratic socialist. The feat on the side of Sanders however has raised logical questions about Clinton’s campaign on how she would close the ranks and get more sympathy from Democratic voters justifying her high political profile associated with her White House campaign and political experience. She won by only a slim margin in Midwestern state which commenced the presidential campaign race.
The former secretary of state, Clinton, 68, was pushed to a virtual tie with Sanders, a 74-year-old US senator from Vermont.
According to Clinton who viewed herself as skipping a major defeat ambarasssment, she was breathing a “big sigh of relief” , sending congratulations message to Sanders for his good fight
“It is rare that we have the opportunity we do now to have a real contest of ideas,” she said.
“Nine months ago, we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition, and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America,” he said.
Clinton, considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination since entering the race in April and long ahead in Iowa polls. Bernie Sanders, an independent in the US Senate was favored to win the first primary in the cycle on February 9 in New Hampshire.
In her last campaign for the presidency in 2008, Clinton earned third place in these caucuses, behind then-senator Barack Obama of Illinois and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards. But Clinton won support this year in regions she lost considerably in her last cycle– both in the cities of Sioux City and Des Moines, as well as in their suburbs.
Democratic Party caucuses in Iowa require voters to cast their ballots publicly and allow for second-round voting if candidates fail to meet pre-set viability thresholds. Supporters of former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley were repeatedly forced to re-vote precinct by precinct for this reason, forcing the candidate to suspend his flagging campaign on Monday night.
Turnout was huge on both sides for the first-in-the-nation contest to pick candidates for November’s US White House elections.
Delivering his victory speech in Des Moines, Mr Cruz told supporters: “Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and across this great nation.”
He said the result was a blow to the “Washington cartel”.
Mr Cruz’s win comes just four years after he rode a tea party wave to election in the Senate.
He focused his Iowa campaign message on evangelical voters, and two-thirds of Monday’s caucus-goers were born-again Christians.
Mr Trump, toning down his trademark bombast, told fans: “We finished second and I just want to say, I’m really honoured and I want to congratulate Ted.”
But the real estate billionaire predicted he would still win the Republican nomination.
Rising star Mr Rubio told supporters: “Tonight we have taken the first step but an important step towards winning this election.”
The race now moves to next week’s New Hampshire primary, where Mr Trump has a stronger showing, according to opinion polls.
More than 180,000 Republican voters turned out on Monday night, compared with about 121,000 in 2012.
Long lines were reported at many caucus sites with many new voter registrations as Iowans gathered in schools, libraries and private homes.
At one Des Moines precinct, Post-it notes were used after ballot papers ran out.
The winners share the spoils of delegates to the party’s national convention in July when the presidential nominee is crowned.
Mr Cruz gets eight delegates, Mr Trump and Mr Rubio seven each, three for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and one each for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
The crowded Republican field narrowed on Monday night as Mike Huckabee dropped out of the race.
Eleven of the party’s candidates remain in the race after months of rallies, televised debates and tens of millions of dollars of political advertising.
Sources: Reuters and jppost.com