Trump in Iowa: “You’re fired”!

“Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, powered by a surge of support from evangelical Christians, dealt a humbling loss to Donald J. Trump in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, throwing into question the depth of support for Mr. Trump’s unconventional candidacy,” as the New York Times is reporting.

“In the first contest of what so far has been more a populist revolt against the political order than a traditional Republican primary, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida finished a strong third, bolstering his case to consolidate the support of Republicans uneasy about the two top finishers.

“With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Cruz had nearly 28 percent of the vote, Mr. Trump 24 percent and Mr. Rubio 23 percent.”

Meanwhile, “Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont were locked in an intensely tight race in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday as Mrs. Clinton’s strong support among women and older voters was matched by the passionate liberal foot soldiers whom Mr. Sanders has been calling to political revolution,” the Times reported.

“The close results were deeply unnerving to Mrs. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, as well as her advisers, some of whom had expressed growing confidence in recent days that they had recaptured political momentum after weeks when Mr. Sanders was drawing huge crowds and rising in the polls. The Clintons had appeared optimistic at rallies over the weekend, thanking Iowans for their support as much as urging them to turn out to vote.

“The close vote means that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders are likely to split Iowa’s share of delegates to the Democratic convention, and Mr. Sanders will be able to argue that the Iowa result was a virtual tie.”

The Trump-Cruz report is here.

The Clinton-Sanders report is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

4 thoughts on “Trump in Iowa: “You’re fired”!”

  1. I wouldn’t attach too much importance to the outcome for the Democrats. But it does embarrass Trump, if nothing else. And should Cruz, a real Texas wacko, win the gop nod, I would guess his negatives come November will be very high. And if Hillary gets the nod, sooner or later Bill will come out of hiding and do some stumping, which he is rather good at. But as even NYT analysts/op-eders are often wrong, my early sense maybe nonsense. I do believe if one of those Republicans wins, I shall depart the old USA, despite my severe health problems, and head for …
    Chang Mai, Languedoc or even Panama. I see the gop candidates as dangerous, hypocritical neo-fascists. (BTW, I intentionally did not capitalize gop, as the tea people and other descendants of John Birch are running their show.)

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