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    Top Candidates React After Iowa Caucusesi
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    February 02, 2016 2:29 PM
    Comments by Republicans Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders after the Iowa Caucuses ended, Feb. 2, 2016.
    WATCH: Top candidates react after Iowa Caucuses

    Senator Ted Cruz defeated billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa’s Republican caucus Monday, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton barely edged Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic contest.

    Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, finished with 28 percent of the vote. That is 3½ percentage points better than Trump, the national front-runner.

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio finished with 23 percent, making him easily the leader among establishment Republican candidates.

    On the Democratic side, Clinton and Sanders were in a virtual tie until the former Secretary of State was declared the winner Tuesday.

    Voter sentiment

    The results provided the first concrete look at voter sentiment, after a year of fierce campaigning and endless speculation.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, arrives at her caucus night rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea Clinton, arrives at her caucus night rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.

    After the results were announced, each candidate tried to spin the outcome in their favor.

    Cruz, who came away as the night’s clear winner, sounded upbeat as he gave a victory speech in Des Moines.

    “Let me first of all say, to God be the glory,” Cruz said to loud cheers. “Tonight, is a victory for the grassroots. Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation.”

    Subdued

    Trump appeared more subdued, even while assuring his supporters he was “so happy with the way everything worked out.”

    “We will go on to get the Republican nomination. And we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie or whoever the hell they throw up there,” Trump said.

    Rubio had his own reason to be optimistic after a better than expected third-place finish.

    Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks as his wife, Melania, watches at his caucus night rally in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.
    Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks as his wife, Melania, watches at his caucus night rally in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.

    “For months they told us we had no chance,” Rubio said. “But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a great message.”

    Democrats

    In her post-caucus speech, Clinton seemed to acknowledge there is a tough fight ahead with Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist who has outflanked her to the left on many issues.

    “It is rare that we have the opportunity we do now to have a real contest of ideas,” she said. “I am excited about getting into a debate with Senator Sanders about the best way forward for America.”

    For his part, Sanders sounded triumphant, as he pumped his fist in the air at a rally in the capital.

    “Nine months ago, we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition,” he said.

    WATCH: From the Iowa caucuses to New Hampshire's primary

    Iowa Caucuses Set Stage for New Hampshire Primaryi
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    February 02, 2016 10:44 AM
    All the commercials, rallies, handshakes and time spent by candidates meeting with voters throughout Iowa’s 99 counties came to a crescendo as voters decided the first contest in the U.S. presidential race. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, turnout is translating into momentum as the candidates, and voters, look ahead to the next contest -- New Hampshire's primary on Tuesday, February 9.

    “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,” Sanders added.

    Iowa momentum

    Iowa’s first-in-the-nation vote is seen as a crucial way for candidates to gain momentum in the U.S. primary election, which will continue to be held state-by-state until mid-June.

    The goal is for candidates to win their party’s nomination by securing a majority of delegates, or party representatives, which are handed out based on the result of each state vote.

    In Iowa, those delegates are rewarded proportionally rather than on a winner-takes-all basis.

    And while Iowa rewards a relatively small number of delegates, the outcome is expected to create crucial narratives that will have a major impact on the race.

    Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his wave, Jane, acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.
    Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and his wave, Jane, acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.

    “Rubio did much better than expectations,” said Gayle Alberda, a political science professor at Drake University in Des Moines. “While he may not have won first place, he will definitely be a viable candidate going into New Hampshire.”

    With Trump not meeting expectations by coming in first place, he could be in for a devastating blow in the upcoming states, Alberda says.

    “What it tells us is that maybe voters aren’t necessarily wanting the type of changing he is bringing to the table,” she said.

    Next up: New Hampshire

    The primary race now heads to New Hampshire, which will vote on February 9. That election will take place with a reduced field of presidential hopefuls.

    As the Iowa results were released, GOP contender Mike Huckabee announced on Twitter he is suspending his campaign. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is also dropping his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

    Kathryn Gypson and Kane Farabaugh contributed to this report.

    • Front page of the Des Moines Register newspaper, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)
    • A caucus-goer registers at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)
    • Democrats sign in for their caucus in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Democrats line up to enter into their caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • New caucus attendees register in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/VOA)
    • A car in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, on caucus day, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Gypson/ VOA)
    • A new caucus attendee registers in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K Gypson/VOA)
    • Republican voters get ready for their caucus, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016 (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Caucus-goers register at Hanawalt Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (M. Cagler/VOA)
    • Republican voters gather for their caucus in a church, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • A Republican caucus voter collects ballots after voting at a West Des Moines caucus site, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Republican caucus attendees count ballots in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Caucus members tabulate Republican ballots at the caucus site in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)
    • Republican voters attend a caucus at a church, West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (K. Farabaugh/VOA)

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