Unfortunately, I don’t know what is worse: Trump winning his first primary or Cruz winning his second.
For Ohio Gov. John Kasich, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Hampshire increasingly looked like a do-or-die proposition: Show some momentum or pack it up.
Leading US presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused his Republican rival Ted Cruz of cheating to win in Iowa, and demanded a new vote in the state.
On Wednesday, Trump blamed the Cruz campaign for spreading false rumors shortly before the Iowa vote that Republican presidential contender Ben Carson had dropped out of the race. The billionaire businessman also picked up an endorsement from former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown. But Clinton has deep ties throughout the party’s establishment and a strong following among a more diverse electorate that will play a larger role in primary contests beyond New Hampshire, where Sanders is favored.
“I think Bernie has strengthened the campaign, has moved her somewhat to the left”, says Kunin.
In a series of tweets, Trump alleged that the Voter Violation certificate gave poor marks to the unsuspecting voter(grade of F) and told them to clear it up by voting for Cruz.
The campaign for Carson, who finished fourth in Iowa, said he had accepted Cruz’s apology but that the incident was the sort of “dirty trick” politics that Carson was trying to fight.
The Iowa results don’t necessarily point to an eventual nominee: Just twice in 40 years has the GOP caucus victor gone on to the claim the nomination in campaigns with no incumbent Republican president.
But again, Carson had events booked in New Hampshire, so come on. Watch this coverage of the Iowa Caucus and see how overly-excited the pundits are for Rubio’s losing placement.
On the Democratic side, Sanders – from neighboring Vermont – led Clinton, 58-36, in this latest poll.
But those voters, who officially register as “undeclared”, can determine degrees of separation between winners and losers, which could be particularly relevant this year for Sen.
Polls find Sanders holding a commanding lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, and he was eager to lower expectations for how he would finish.
“Running to the right to win Iowa is going to be a hard sell here in New Hampshire”, Graham, a supporter of Bush, said in Rindge, New Hampshire. “All he has is experience of being a legislator”, Christie said on “Good Morning America” today.
Undeclared voters can vote in either party’s primary here. A foreign policy hawk, Rubio advocates a tough approach to Iran, the Islamic State militant group and other USA foes. If a two-term governor can’t defeat a one-term Senator whom Christie says has so little to offer in this race, then why should that not be a signal that the governor has even less chance of beating Hillary Clinton than Rubio?