Trump traumatizes Republican race as US braces for Iowa

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a campaign rally on January 27, 2016 in Gilbert, South CarolinaRepublicans scrambling to win the first contest in the US presidential nomination race geared for battle at Thursday’s high-stakes debate in Iowa, but defiant frontrunner Donald Trump upended the campaign by refusing to attend. Trump’s gamble left the presidential race in uncharted waters days before Iowans vote February 1, but he insisted he will not back down in his feud with debate host Fox News. The billionaire has doubled down, in a game of political chicken, hosting a rival event for military veterans at the same time as his own party showcases its candidates to Iowa voters.

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