Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Beats Trump, But Clinton & Sanders In Virtual Tie

  • by: Alan Duke

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Lead Stories' live blog showing the trending social media posts by or about GOP & Democratic candidates during the Iowa caucuses. Scroll down to see the latest.


  • 2016-02-02T06:21:05Z 2016-02-02T06:21:05Z
    It could be days before we know which Democrat won the Iowa caucuses outright because of an apparent screw-up involving 90 of the state’s 1,800 precincts. CNN quoted a Sanders campaign official saying that the Iowa Democratic Party is working to “recreate” the results of 90 precincts that were not adequately staffed. CNN’s Wolfe Blitzer called it “very, very embarrassing” for the Democratic Party. With 99% of the vote, Hillary Clinton has 49.8% and Bernie Sanders has 49.6%. While the two candidates are likely to split the 44 delegates at stake evenly, it is important for a campaign to have the “bragging rights” to say they won the state.
  • 2016-02-02T05:18:51Z 2016-02-02T05:18:51Z
    Here's the complete video of Donald Trump's concession speech, which seemed to surprise many because of his unusual show of humility.

    Donald J. Trump complete Iowa Caucus night speech.

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T05:17:47Z 2016-02-02T05:17:47Z
    Some words from another GOP also-ran, Sen. Rand Paul.

    Rand Paul complete Iowa Caucus Night Speech

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T05:06:17Z 2016-02-02T05:06:17Z
    The Democratic race in Iowa will likely remain a virtual tie for another day. With 95% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton 49.9%, Bernie Sanders 49.6%. A senior Sanders strategist does not expect a final account until Tuesday. Sanders campaign manager: “This is a tremendous victory for us.”
  • 2016-02-02T05:02:27Z 2016-02-02T05:02:27Z
  • 2016-02-02T04:57:30Z 2016-02-02T04:57:30Z
    Bernie Sanders says America is ready for a "radical idea"... “We are going to create an American economy that works for working families and not just the billionaire class… Public colleges and universities should be tuition free… (To pay for it) We are going to impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. The greed, the recklessness and the illegal behavior of Wall Street drove the economy to its knees. The American people bailed out Wall Street, now it’s time for Wall Street to help out the middle class.”
  • 2016-02-02T04:51:51Z 2016-02-02T04:51:51Z
    Bernie Sanders: “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 and tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie. And while the results are still not known. it looks like we’ll have about half of the Iowa delegates.” There are 44 national convention delegates at stake. With 94% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton 49.9%, Bernie Sanders 49.6%.

    Bernie Sanders: "Tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie." Full video here: #IAcaucus #IowaToday

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T04:44:11Z 2016-02-02T04:44:11Z
    The other woman in the 2016 presidential race didn't do so well in Iowa, getting just 2%. Carly Fiorina is now headed to New Hampshire.
  • 2016-02-02T04:42:14Z 2016-02-02T04:42:14Z
    Too close to call: With 93% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton 49.8%, Bernie Sanders 49.6%. Sen. Sanders is expected to speak soon.
  • 2016-02-02T04:38:37Z 2016-02-02T04:38:37Z
  • 2016-02-02T04:37:59Z 2016-02-02T04:37:59Z
  • 2016-02-02T04:32:38Z 2016-02-02T04:32:38Z
    Hillary Clinton stopped short of declaring victory over Bernie Sanders, but she said she was "breathing a big sigh of relief, thanking Iowa.” Clinton, with former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea standing behind her, said "I am a progressive who gets things done for people" who stands in "a long line of American reformers." She also suggested she was "thrilled" to be in a contested race with Sanders. "I’m excited about getting into the debate with Sen. Sanders."

    Watch Hillary Clinton Iowa Caucus Night Speech here:

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T04:28:46Z 2016-02-02T04:28:46Z
  • 2016-02-02T04:24:04Z 2016-02-02T04:24:04Z
    Ted Cruz speaking about his win in the GOP Iowa caucuses: "God bless the great state of Iowa... Tonight is a victory for the grass roots Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across the great nation. Tonight, the state of Iowa has spoken."

    Ted Cruz: "God bless the great state of Iowa." Watch full speech here:

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T04:09:16Z 2016-02-02T04:09:16Z
    Both sides claim victory: 94% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton 50.2%, Bernie Sanders 49.3%. Bernie Sanders is delaying his late night flight to New Hampshire to see more results before speaking to his supporters.
  • 2016-02-02T03:57:49Z 2016-02-02T03:57:49Z
    This is a very close race: With 90% of Democratic precincts reported: Hillary Clinton 49.8%, Bernie Sanders 49.6%. Clinton aides tell CNN ‘We have won’ despite 10% to be counted. Bernie Sanders is also expected to declare victory tonight.
  • 2016-02-02T03:53:03Z 2016-02-02T03:53:03Z
    Donald Trump on finishing 2nd in Iowa: “I’m just honored, I’m really honored!” He congratulates Ted Cruz. Trump even claimed to have grown in affection to the state. “I think I might come here and buy a farm, I love it.”
  • 2016-02-02T03:49:56Z 2016-02-02T03:49:56Z
    We will soon hear how Donald Trump reacts to not winning in Iowa. He is expecting to speak to supporters soon.
  • 2016-02-02T03:45:21Z 2016-02-02T03:45:21Z
  • 2016-02-02T03:40:41Z 2016-02-02T03:40:41Z
    Razor thin margin in the Democratic race! With 87% of Democratic precincts reported: Hillary Clinton 49.9%, Bernie Sanders 49.4%. Martin O'Malley accounts for .6%.
  • 2016-02-02T03:36:11Z 2016-02-02T03:36:11Z
    A smiling Marco Rubio speaks to supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, after his surprisingly strong showing: “This is the moment they said would never happen… They told me my hair wasn’t gray enough and my boots were too high.”

    Marco Rubio #Iowa Caucus Night Speech - WATCH full speech here:

    Posted by C-SPAN on Monday, February 1, 2016
  • 2016-02-02T03:35:04Z 2016-02-02T03:35:04Z
    The Democratic race became even closer! With 84% of Democratic precincts reported: Hillary Clinton 50%, Bernie Sanders 49.3%
  • 2016-02-02T03:29:10Z 2016-02-02T03:29:10Z
    Bulletin: Mike Huckabee quits:
  • 2016-02-02T03:26:27Z 2016-02-02T03:26:27Z
    MSNBC and CNN are calling the Iowa GOP caucuses for Ted Cruz.
  • 2016-02-02T03:23:03Z 2016-02-02T03:23:03Z
    With 81% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton has 50.1% and Bernie Sanders has 49.2%.
  • 2016-02-02T03:18:28Z 2016-02-02T03:18:28Z
    With 97% of GOP precincts reported, it is 28% for Ted Cruz, 24% for Donald Trump, 23% for Marco Rubio & 9% for Ben Carson. Still a chance Rubio could challenge Trump for 2nd place before it is over.
  • 2016-02-02T03:12:36Z 2016-02-02T03:12:36Z
    Did Marco Rubio's performance at the last debate boost him to a strong 3rd place tonight? Maybe Trump's decision not to debate gave him that opening? Just asking.
  • 2016-02-02T03:11:35Z 2016-02-02T03:11:35Z
    Jeb Bush would like you to ignore Iowa and think about New Hampshire tonight.
  • 2016-02-02T03:09:12Z 2016-02-02T03:09:12Z
    There are 44 Democratic convention delegates and 30 GOP delegates at stake in Iowa tonight.
  • 2016-02-02T03:06:44Z 2016-02-02T03:06:44Z
    Democratic race tightens with 73% of precincts reported: Hillary Clinton 50%, Bernie Sanders 49%. CNN's John King suggests Clinton is in the best position to win.
  • 2016-02-02T03:01:07Z 2016-02-02T03:01:07Z
    CNN reports that Martin O’Malley will suspend his Democratic presidential campaign tonight after a very poor showing in Iowa. Jake Tapper asks: "What happens to the Martin O’Malley voters?" Likely not enough for a game of bridge.
  • 2016-02-02T02:53:27Z 2016-02-02T02:53:27Z
    Ted Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler tells CNN: “I feel a little nervous, but cautiously optimistic.” With 60% of GOP votes counted, it shows w 28% for Cruz, 25% Trump, 22% Rubio & 10% for Carson. GOP 5th place is Rand Paul at 4%, Jeb Bush just 3%.
  • 2016-02-02T02:50:28Z 2016-02-02T02:50:28Z
    With 69% of Democratic precincts reported, Hillary Clinton 51% to Bernie Sanders 49%. A Clinton official tells CNN it's "uncomfortably close," while a Sanders source says the senator will declare victory in Iowa, no matter what.
  • 2016-02-02T02:42:58Z 2016-02-02T02:42:58Z
    GOP voters show up in record numbers. About 150k, compared to 121k 4 years ago. Does that help Trump?
  • 2016-02-02T02:34:56Z 2016-02-02T02:34:56Z
    With 37% of GOP votes counted with 29% for Ted Cruz, 26% for Donald Trump, 20% to Marco Rubio & 10% for Ben Carson. Jeb Bush is far back with 2%. Lots of talk on cable about Rubio being the establishment GOP's best hope versus the rebellious Cruz or Trump.
  • 2016-02-02T02:24:03Z 2016-02-02T02:24:03Z
    Just 3 points separate Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders early (advantage Clinton.) Ted Cruz & Donald Trump also tight, with Marco Rubio in 3rd. Ben Caron a distant 4th. Anyone seen Jeb!?
  • 2016-02-02T02:18:21Z 2016-02-02T02:18:21Z
    In eastern Iowa, Coralville Democratic caucus shows Clinton and Sanders splitting delegates evenly.
  • 2016-02-02T02:12:41Z 2016-02-02T02:12:41Z
    CNN says Marco Rubio, whose 3rd so far in Iowa, will get a bump Tuesday as South Carolina's Sen. Tim Scott will endorse him.
  • 2016-02-02T02:08:40Z 2016-02-02T02:08:40Z
    Early count: Clinton 53%, Sanders 47% for Dems; Cruz 30%, Trump 29%, Rubio 18% in GOP
  • 2016-02-02T01:47:06Z 2016-02-02T01:47:06Z
    Results so far suggest few are listening to Jeb Bush, but he's still tweeting this message:
  • 2016-02-02T01:39:32Z 2016-02-02T01:39:32Z
    First count of votes show Cruz & Trump close, Rubio a distant 3rd in the GOP, according to CNN.
  • 2016-02-02T01:35:35Z 2016-02-02T01:35:35Z
    CNN’s early #IowaCaucus projections gives Hillary Clinton 50%, Bernie Sanders 44%, O’Malley 3%. But this is very early.
  • 2016-02-02T01:31:50Z 2016-02-02T01:31:50Z
  • 2016-02-02T01:24:45Z 2016-02-02T01:24:45Z
    Sarah Palin and Donald Trump speaking LIVE now.
  • 2016-02-02T01:20:03Z 2016-02-02T01:20:03Z
    Bigger than expected turnout among Democrats, as well. Bernie Sanders claims a large turnout is to his advantage.
  • 2016-02-02T01:18:11Z 2016-02-02T01:18:11Z
    Big turnout for GOP caucuses. So big, there is a shortage of registration forms:
  • 2016-02-02T01:10:48Z 2016-02-02T01:10:48Z
    As the caucuses begin, Ben Carson's spokesman tweets that a decision by Carson to fly home to Florida and not straight to New Hampshire does not mean he is ending his campaign. He just needs fresh clothes.
  • 2016-02-02T01:08:10Z 2016-02-02T01:08:10Z
  • 2016-02-02T01:07:19Z 2016-02-02T01:07:19Z
  • 2016-02-01T23:26:06Z 2016-02-01T23:26:06Z
    Ben Carson is tweeting a final request for votes.
  • 2016-02-01T23:19:15Z 2016-02-01T23:19:15Z
    Jeb Bush is proud of how his Iowa headquarters is decorated for the big night.
  • 2016-02-01T23:13:19Z 2016-02-01T23:13:19Z
    Bernie Sanders tweeted this guide for his supporters to help them understand the caucus process.
  • 2016-02-01T23:08:54Z 2016-02-01T23:08:54Z
    Hillary Clinton wants to make sure any undecided Iowa Democrats will have reasons to support her.
  • 2016-02-01T22:58:40Z 2016-02-01T22:58:40Z
    We kick the night off with this video tweeted by Donald Trump.

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