US Election 2016: Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton win Iowa caucus
On Monday night, Americans, and many Canadians, turned their eyes to the Iowa caucus, as Democrats and Republicans made their decisions on who would win the state’s delegates.
The Iowa caucus has historically been the first major presidential event in the party nomination process and has a 43% success rate at determining the Democratic leader and a 50% success rate for the Republican party.
After the Iowa caucus comes the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, and then “Super Tuesday” on March 1, in which more delegates can be won than on any other day on the primary calendar.
On the Democrats side, Monday’s results are being called the “closest in Iowa Democratic history.” Hillary Clinton took 699.57 state delegate equivalents, while Bernie Sanders took 695.49 – a difference of about 0.2%.
Around six of Clinton’s delegates were won by a coin toss.
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz won with 28% of the vote, followed by Donald Trump at 24% and Marcio Rubio at 23%.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, but his family moved to Texas when he was just four years old.
Naturally, people took to Twitter to express their opinions on the results:
@HillaryClinton won 6 coin tosses in a row to win delegates against @BernieSanders? That seems like a miracle. Praise Jesus! #IowaCaucus
— steve schuster (@catsinspeedos) February 2, 2016
Tight finish in #Clinton W vs #Sanders; #Cruz W, in #IowaCaucus, reminds of not uncommon gaps between voters polled & voting in an election. — Valerie Seckler (@valerieseckler) February 2, 2016
The sense of peace that I woke up with, knowing Trump did not win Iowa, was greater than any I have known. #IowaCaucus
— sophia lin (@sophaloaf) February 2, 2016
On a scale of 0 to Bill Clinton’s suit, how dirty is Hillary’s 0.2% edge? #IowaCaucus — Sunset Bonkette (@Joe90_Jen) February 2, 2016
@tedcruz sounds like an evangelical preacher. #GOP #IowaCaucus
— Polo (@PoloMurillo101) February 2, 2016
History: made. #IowaCaucus pic.twitter.com/ADAxUi5oU7 — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 2, 2016
Thank you Iowa! This is OUR time. Join us: https://t.co/YBcXsTJlj4 pic.twitter.com/hrHfyyo253
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 2, 2016