Cruz tops Trump, Clinton pushed hard in Iowa caucuses

Supporters attend the caucus night event of Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Olmsted Center at Drake University on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, IowaTed Cruz felled long-time Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton was battled into a virtual tie with rival Bernie Sanders on Monday, as Iowans held the inaugural vote of the 2016 White House race. Republicans in the rural midwestern state backed the ultraconservative Cruz for their party’s nomination, leaving a humbled Trump in second place just ahead of Senator Marco Rubio, according to nearly complete results given by the party. “To God be the glory!” exclaimed Cruz, claiming victory with 27.7 percent of the vote and staking his claim to be the new standard bearer of the right.

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