by: Clare O’Keefe
After months of campaigning, the Iowa voters have determined the winners of the Iowa Caucus, but this wasn’t your average Iowa Caucus.
The Iowa Caucus was held on Monday, Feb. 1. While the Republican Party had a clean winner, Senator Ted Cruz, the Democratic Party did not.
A race that was virtually neck in neck the whole time came down to the very end. By the end of the night, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Sanders both had 50 percent of the votes. It was not announced until Feb. 2 that Clinton had beat Sanders by two delegate votes. With this race so close for the Democrats, both will have to keep campaigning very hard for the next primaries in New Hampshire. Senator Martin O’Malley didn’t even manage to get 1 percent of the Democratic vote and therefore announced his resignation from the presidential race.
According to CNN.com, Senator Sanders thanked Iowa for starting a “political revolution.” Sanders described the final ballot as a “virtual tie” and is treating the outcome of the Iowa Caucus as a victory.
On the Republican side, Senator Ted Cruz won with 27.6 percent of the vote. A close second was businessman Donald Trump, with 24.3 percent of the vote. Marco Rubio rounds out the top three with 23.1 percent of the vote, which might give Trump a scare. Governor Mike Huckabee, who finished with 1.8 percent of the votes, also announced his resignation after the results were released. Libertarian Rand Paul also announced his resignation from the presidential race Wednesday afternoon after placing fifth in the Iowa Caucus.
Some may speculate that Trump’s lower than expected votes may have been a result of him skipping the last Republican debate.
Why are the Iowa Caucuses so important? Well, they are the first state in the US to cast any sort of ballot for the presidential election. Iowa isn’t the biggest or most important state, but the results can determine some things. The votes in Iowa don’t count any more than any other state but they set some of precedent. They give voters a glimpse into what the election may hold.
According to Independent.uk, since 1972 no Democratic or Republican candidate who finished worse than fourth place has gone on to win the presidency. It won’t be a surprise if more Republican candidates start to drop out over the next few weeks.
Stay tuned to see what the outcome of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Feb 9.