Cruzin’ along and (not quite) feelin’ the Bern: Iowa caucus results are in


Alia Carlton

The first caucuses of 2016 took place in Iowa last Monday and boy, were they close.

Ted Cruz came away with the popular GOP vote, as CNN reported his 4 percent lead over second place candidate Donald Trump.

The closest race, however, was between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The official results of the caucuses weren’t released until Tuesday afternoon because on Monday night, hours after Cruz’s win was announced, Clinton and Sanders seemed to be tied at roughly 50 percent of the vote.

This apparent draw didn’t stop Clinton’s campaign from declaring her the winner on Tuesday morning, citing “thorough reporting – and analysis – of results.” Although the votes backed the Clinton campaign declaration, the Sanders campaign still requested a recount.

After the republican results were released, things took a turn for the … interesting.

Trump sent out a series of tweets on Wednesday stating “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it,” and “based on the fraud committed by [Cruz during the caucus] either a new election should take place or Cruz’s results nullified.”

Cruz’s response to this was creating the hashtag #Trumpertantrum.

As the Iowa caucuses set an intriguing stage for the New Hampshire primaries, the nation will be watching to see if Trump’s #Trumpertantrums will result in the fall of his campaign, or if the close Democratic race will faze Clinton more than it already has. Only time will tell.


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