Today’s Iowa Caucus results were full of surprises. The Donald finishes second, Cruz rises to the top, Rubio proves he belongs and Hillary relies on a coin flip to edge Sanders. Election season is officially under way!
Five things we learned from Iowa.
- Hillary Clinton is damaged goods. How else can it be explained that she finished in a virtual dead heat against a self-avowed democratic socialist. A socialist! I promise you that Hillary is mad as all get out right now. First Barack Obama dashes her presidential dreams and now Bernie Sanders. Hillary is definitely feeling the Bern!
- Bernie Sanders’ isn’t dead – yet. He may look like he has one foot in the grave but the lack of a true democratic competitor has given Bernie, dare I say, new life. Yes, even Bernie Sanders is a breath of fresh air next to Hillary Clinton. Oh my!
- Marco Rubio has a dog in the hunt. Rubio finished a promising third place picking up 23.1% of the vote and 7 delegates matching the Donald. He can definitely leave the Hawkeye State with his head held high after largely lagging in pre-caucus polls.
- Donald Trump’s hot air didn’t take him to the top. In fact he finished a full three percentage points behind Cruz – the winner. The only question is will the Donald parlay his second place finish into momentum or drop like the Hindenburg in the coming months. I predict he falls.
- Ted Cruz is running a smart race. He’s staying on message, not backing down from fights but at the same time not coming across as a bully. It will be interesting to see if Cruz’s conservative message will resonate with the rest of the electorate.
New Hampshire is the next State to hold it’s Primary – February 9th. One thing you can count on is a different result from that of Iowa. New Hampshire voters are largely liberal and in support of establishment candidates.
On the other hand, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is polling well in front of Hillary. Could it be that Hillary goes into an unrecoverable tailspin after New Hampshire? Only time will tell.
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