Ted Cruz Wins Iowa Caucuses, Edging Out Trump And Rubio – The Daily Caller


DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Sen. Ted Cruzwon the Iowa Republican caucuses on Monday, barely edging out businessman Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the first victory of the party nominating season.

Voters turned out in large numbers. At one GOP caucus at a middle school in Waukee outside Des Moines, for example, so many people showed up that officials ran out of ballots and had to give caucus-goers spare pieces of paper to use.

In recent weeks, Cruz and Trump went from friendly competitors to bitter enemies. As polls showed Trump losing steam to Cruz, the New York businessman went on the attack, criticizing Cruz for everything from his Canadian birth to loans he once took out from big banks. Cruz responded by questioning Trump’s past liberal positions, like on abortion and gay marriage.

But over the last few days, Cruz, sensing Rubio’s momentum, started reallocating resources to go after the Florida senator, hitting him for his past support of a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

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