After months of debate and heated rhetoric, Texas Senator Ted Cruz rode a wave of anti-establishment sentiment to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses on Monday. With 99% of precincts reporting, Cruz has capture 28% of caucus-goers. Billionaire Donald Trump will finish in second with 24%, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio will finish in a strong third with 23%.
Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio outperformed the polling leading up to the Iowa caucuses. According to the Real Clear Politics average, Cruz was polling at 24% while Marco Rubio was polling at roughly 17%.
Rounding out the top five is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who trails Marco Rubio and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who finished in fifth place.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, after a disappointing finish in Iowa, has announced that he will be suspending his campaign. Huckabee tweeted out:
Despite the fact that a blizzard is bearing down on the Hawkeye State, Monday’s projected caucus turnout is expected break the previous GOP record of 122k caucus-goers which was set in 2012. Some precincts are said to have run out of ballots and Fox News is reporting that the Republican turnout could be north of 170,000 participants.
On the other side of the political aisle, former Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, who took around 1% of Iowa caucus-goers, has announced that he will be suspending his campaign following his weak performance.
Source : www.hannity.com