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Caucus wrap: WTH happened last night?


A Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Iowa Field House -- photo by Adam Burke
A Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Iowa Field House — photo by Adam Burke

How did your candidate(s) do last night?

Since Martin O’Malley withdrew from the race, his backers across the country must now decide how to realign themselves, but the rest of us are still following a two- or three-person race.

A record-breaking Republican turnout may have boosted Ted Cruz, who found his ground game in Iowa. But were Donald Trump supporters as flaky as many suspected?

Let’s start with the Dems. Official results for the Dems have Clinton winning by 0.3 percent.

A tie in the Iowa caucuses is a win for Hillary Clinton and a loss for Bernie Sanders, according to Pete Weber in The Week.

In the Washington Post, Karen Tumulty writes that Sanders had Clinton and her team worried from the start of the race.

And Michael Tomasky writes that Hillary’s “closing argument in Iowa wasn’t very compelling. These people poll the crap out of these things, so I suppose they were doing what they were doing for a reason, but ‘the other guy is selling you pie in the sky’ isn’t exactly inspirational. She’s going to need to switch gears.”

As for the Republicans,
Win, Place or ‘Show,’ which candidates will move on?

After all the Trump you thought you could stomach, now it’s no longer Trump’s contest to lose. The race is down to three people. Josh Kraushaar asks: “Why did all the experts mis­dia­gnose the Trump effect?”

Now Iowa empties, and all eyes go to New Hampshire.


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