The first primary elections of the 2016 presidential election are over. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas won the Republican ticket, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just barely pulled out the win against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, for the Democratic Party. Clinton only won the caucus by four delegates, according to Politico.
In the Republican race, Cruz finished with 28 percent of the vote, followed by businessman Donald Trump, with 24 percent of the vote. Rounding out the top three for the Republicans was Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) with 23 percent of the vote.
Rubio’s performance in Iowa was a surprise to many political pundits and defied many of the polls going into the contest. A poll conducted by The Des Moines Register that was released Saturday, Jan. 30 had Rubio polling at 15 percent, eight points lower than where he finished. According to CNN, Rubio surpassed the very low expectations that were set for him in Iowa.
While the results were still coming in, Republican candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, announced he would be taking a hiatus from the campaign trail to rest in his Florida home. This led many to believe he would end his run for executive office, but campaign representatives said otherwise. According to ABC News, Carson’s communications director, Larry Ross, said “After spending 18 days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes.”
Former governors Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas both announced they were ending their respective campaigns. Both candidates had poor showings in Iowa, with neither candidates getting any delegates in the state. Throughout their campaigns, O’Malley and Huckabee had very poor polling results. Huckabee was even forced to the lower-tier debate multiple times in the large Republican field.
Around 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Clinton gave a speech while the remaining results were still being counted. Clinton framed herself as a champion for women’s rights and for college students. More noticeably, she addressed the coming general election. “We have to be united when it is all said and done…against a Republican vision and candidates who would drive us apart and divide us,” she said. “That’s not who were are, my friends.”
Soon after Clinton concluded her speech, Sanders addressed a crowd of supporters. When he gave the speech, Sanders expressed that he was still tied with Clinton. However, his supporters acted as though he won, chanting Sander’s name and his campaign slogan, “Feel the Bern” throughout the speech. He also congratulated Clinton, and offered his sympathies to O’Malley for the end of his campaign.
On Thurs. Feb. 4, Clinton and Sanders will meet in a debate on MSNBC to be moderated by Meet the Press host, Chuck Todd, and Rachel Maddow, a political analyst on MSNBC. The debate, which was added Jan. 31, came after long and intense scrutiny for the Democratic National Committee for only having six debates scheduled. Many argued the limited number would boost Clinton’s chances of being the nominee. The remaining Republican candidates will also meet for a debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 6 on ABC News.
Editor’s Note: Information from NBC News, ABC News, CNN, The Des Moines Register and Politico was used in this report.