DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa caucuses are history for this election cycle. And for Donald Trump, they turned out to be trouble, with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “C” and that stands for Cruz.
The final tally gave Texas senator Ted Cruz (27.6 percent) more than a 3-point margin over Trump (24.3 percent) who eked out a second-place spot ahead of Marco Rubio (23.1 percent).
“Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation,” Cruz told supporters Monday night.
Rubio’s strong third-place showing gave his campaign a much-needed boost for next Tuesday’s New Hampshire primaries.
The next three Republicans were so far down the list that their future this time around may be bleak. Ben Carson picked up 9.3 percent; Rand Paul, 4.5 percent; and Jeb Bush, 2.8 percent.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton edged Bernie Sanders, but by the narrowest of margins, 49.9 percent to 49.6 percent.
“I stand here breathing a huge sigh of relief, thank you Iowa!” Clinton told supporters.
The vote was so close in six precincts that a coin toss decided the winner, which was Clinton each time.
And here’s something to consider: coming out on top in Iowa usually guarantees failure.
Barack Obama is the only Democrat to win in Iowa (2008) and then the presidency.
Same for George W. Bush on the Republican side (2000).
Jimmy Carter was president in 1980, but he ended up losing the general election to Ronald Reagan, who came in second in Iowa that year to George H.W. Bush.
So, like the weather in Des Moines the day after, you could say the Iowa caucus is just another political snow job.