Election 2016: Iowa winnows the candidates

What the Iowa caucuses determined is that neither Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton nor any other candidate is a sure thing for their party’s Presidential nomination.

Here are preliminary vote and delegate counts.

Republicans

  • Ted Cruz, 28 percent, eight delegates
  • Donald Trump, 24 percent, seven delegates
  • Marco Rubio, 23 percent, seven delegates
  • Ben Carson, 9 percent, three delegates
  • Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, one delegate each

Democrats

  • Hillary Clinton, 50 percent, 22 delegates
  • Bernie Sanders, 50 percent, 21 delegates

Iowans winnowed the field to five candidates — Cruz, Trump and Rubio among the Republicans, Clinton and Sanders among the Democrats.  And they made Marco Rubio rather than Jeb Bush, Chris Christie or John Kasich the candidate of the Republican and conservative establishment.

LINKS

Cruz wins Iowa Republican caucuses; Clinton and Sanders in near-tie by Patrick Martin for the World Socialist Web Site.  [added later]  Hat tip for this to Bill Harvey.  As he said, this is excellent analysis from an off-beat source.

The Field Guide to Ted Cruz by Erica Grieder for Texas Monthly [added later]

Ted Cruz’s meteoric rise, explained by Andrew Prokop for Vox.

Donald Trump Comes Out of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan by Nate Silver for FiveThirtyEight.

Can Marco Rubio Save Republicans From Themselves? by Lauren Fox for Talking Points Memo.

Sanders, Clinton and a Democratic House Divided by Jeet Heer for The New Republic.

The Big Lie: Hillary the Pragmatist vs. Bernie the Dreamer by Rob Hager for Counterpunch.

After Iowa, Both Parties Are Facing Hostile Takeovers by David Corn for Mother Jones.

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