By Sam Shikora (Political Editor).
Ted Cruz of the GOP and Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Monday night’s caucuses in Iowa.
The Democratic Party was hotly contested, as Clinton won by just 0.3% over Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, giving her 49.9% of the caucus delegate vote.
Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley garnered only 0.6% of the vote.
The Republican Party’s caucus was still close, but not nearly as close as the Democrats’. Ted Cruz surprisingly won with 27.6% of delegate votes, beating former polls-frontrunner Donald Trump by just over 3%. Florida senator Marco Rubio came in third, with 23.1% of the vote, or 1.2% less than Trump.
Ben Carson (9.3%) placed fourth, followed by Rand Paul (4.5%), Jeb Bush (2.8%), Carly Fiorina (1.9%), John Kasich (1.9%), Mike Huckabee (1.8%), Chris Christie (1.8%), and Rick Santorum (1%).
The campaign trail thus far has been more treacherous to some than for others, and some have not seen the fruits of their labor they may have been expecting.
Some of the candidates who received little of the vote have already dropped out. Martin O’Malley announced the suspension of his campaign Monday night. That same night, Mike Huckabee joined him in ending his campaign.
It is possible that some of the other GOP candidates with low voting percentages in the caucuses drop out as well.