- Republican surprise
- Democratic dogfight
- Turnout high
The US presidential race is underway and there has already been an upset.
Turnout was high for the first caucus of the 2016 US presidential campaign in the state of Iowa.
The news from the night
Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucus for the Republicans.
The 45-year-old Texas Senator clinched 28% of the Republican vote, beating his flamboyant rival Donald Trump into second place.
“Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the US will not be chosed by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington elite,” Cruz told his supporters.
Speaking to the media, Trump said he was “honoured” by his second-place finish.Republican vote:
- Ted Cruz: 28%, eight delegates
- Donald Trump: 24%, seven delegates
- Marco Rubio: 23%, seven delegates
- Ben Carson: 9%, three delegates
Candidates Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee have suspended their campaigns.
Votes are still being counted in the Democrat camp.
The US media, however, is already declaring it a dead heat.
95% of the votes have been confirmed and the indications are that former first lady Hillary Clinton may have a narrow lead over the 74-year-old senator from Vermont and top challenger, Bernie Sanders.
Referring to the neck-and-neck race with Hillary Clinton, Sanders said voters in Iowa a new era had begun.
“What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution. When young people and working people and seniors begin to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, ‘enough is enough’.”Democratic vote
- Hillary Clinton: 50%, 22 delegates
- Bernie Sanders: 50%, 21 delegates
Who is Ted Cruz?
- Born in Canada
- Father from Cuba, grandfather from Canary Islands
- Legal background
- Is pro-life, gun rights, death penalty and free trade
- Is against same-sex marriage, civil unions, the legalisation of marijuana and net neutrality
In pictures and tweets
Direction New Hampshire
The US primary season is now underway.
The other 49 states and US territories will vote for their party nominees over the coming months.
The next votes are in the states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
The process gets into full swing with the so-called “Super Tuesday” in March.
Each party’s presidential candidate will be officially nominated in the summer.
The US will vote for its next president in November. He or she will take up office in January 2017.
What they are saying?
“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation.” – Ted Cruz
“I am just honoured, I am really honoured. And I want to congratulate Ted and I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates.” – Donald Trump.
“What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution. When young people and working people and seniors begin to stand up and say, loudly and clearly, ‘enough is enough’.” – Bernie Sanders.
Latest nationwide opinion polls