The US Presidential Race of 2016 is truly under way, and the Iowa caucus has finally yielded some results.
It was a night fraught with tension, especially between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The race between these two candidates was close indeed at a virtual tie, with 99% of precincts results in, Hillary was at 49.9% to Bernie’s 49.6%.
This meant that both candidates gave “victory” speeches, or more properly, non-victory speeches. Hillary said she was “breathing a big sigh of relief”, undoubtedly due to the fact that this extremely close result was very preferable to a loss to Bernie Sanders.
She didn’t seem perturbed at all by the results, and seemed to be looking forward to facing off against him: “I am excited about really getting into the debate with Senator Sanders about the best way forward to fight for us in America.”
Even though Bernie lost by a tiny amount, this result is still a massive improvement for his campaign. Just three months ago, he trailed behind Hillary in Iowa by 30 points.
“Nine months ago,” he said, “we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America.”
The results that many of you are probably wondering about, though, are the Republican candidates. Ted Cruz managed to snatch the victory from Donald Trump, with 28% to Trump’s 24%.
Ted Cruz had this to say: “Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment.”
This is undoubtedly a shot at Trump, who is definitely best known for his… shall we say, presence in the media. Despite the fact that Trump had predicted a “tremendous” victory, he gave a surprisingly gracious speech.
He said: “We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie. We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored.”
As for Marco Rubio, he did fairly well with 23% of the vote and he certainly seemed pleased with the result: “This is the moment they said would never happen. For months, they told us we had no chance. They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message — after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back.”
As for Mike Huckabee, who is arguably the most anti-LGBT candidate in a group filled with them, he has officially suspended his campaign and we also saw Martin O’Malley drop out of the race.
Huckabee wrote via Twitter: “I am officially suspending my campaign. Thank you for all your loyal support. #ImWithHucK.”
Huckabee received less than 2% of the vote, with Rick Santorum getting getting 1% and Ben Carson netting a measly 8%.
It’s still early days, however, but it’s certainly an interesting start.