Iowa Caucus Kicks Off 2016 Election Season
But the real surprise for the Republicans, was the strong showing of Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Although he finished third, Rubio was right behind Trump with 23 percent. Rubio represents a more mainstream Republican view. Many feel he has a better chance of appealing to undecided middle voters who believe Trump is too bombastic, Cruz too extremist, and are looking for a candidate more in the “establishment.” While some are claiming victory for Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, it is still too close to call. With almost 100 percent of precincts reporting, it is a virtual tie between Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT). While #FeeltheBern had been gaining momentum in recent weeks, no one quite believed he’d catch Clinton, especially the frontrunner herself. Clinton now has to content with a Sanders campaign that is heading heavily favored into the New Hampshire primary next week.
By the end of the evening, both former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) had suspended their presidential campaigns. There were 30 delegates for the Republicans and 52 for the Democrats up for grabs at the Iowa Caucus.
From the bottom of my heart: Thank you, Iowa. -H pic.twitter.com/ptMgfAPFMJ— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 2, 2016