Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio placed third in the Iowa caucus Monday — behind Sen. Ted Cruz and businessman Donald Trump.

But you wouldn’t know it from the speech Rubio delivered to his supporters, where he praised Iowans for helping him exceed expectations in the first primary contest of 2016.

“Tonight we have taken the first step, an important step, toward winning the nomination,” Rubio, the first candidate to address his supporters Monday night, said to raucous applause.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Rubio held the third-place spot behind Trump, having won a little more than 23.1% percent of the vote against Cruz’s 27.6% and Trump’s 24.3% Read more…

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Marco Rubio comes 3rd in Iowa. He declares victory.

Donald Trump faces new test: Will people vote for a loser?

Donald Trump faces new test: Will people vote for a loser?

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s whole campaign has been based on winning. But after a major setback in Iowa, he’s now going to have to cope with being seen as a loser — at least for now.

Trump’s disappointing second-place finish in the key early-voting state on Monday night, barely ahead of Marco Rubio, comes after recent polls showed him ahead of Ted Cruz. He’s now facing huge pressure to hold onto his lead in New Hampshire, where recent polls have him with three times the support of any of his competitors.

Trump was remarkably gracious and restrained — and unusually brief — as he sought to portray the setback as a victory after he barely finished ahead of Marco Rubio in the state. Read more…

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Donald Trump, you're the loser: Cruz wins Iowa

Donald Trump, you’re the loser: Cruz wins Iowa

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz has won Iowa’s GOP caucuses, giving the hardline conservative senator a huge boost in his quest for the Republican nomination and making a loser of Donald Trump.

The Associated Press has called the state for Cruz who led Trump 27.7% – 24.4% with 84% of precincts reporting. Marco Rubio was in third place with 23%.

“Tonight is a victory for the grassroots,” Cruz declared, portraying himself as the second coming of Ronald Reagan. “Whatever Washington says, they cannot keep the people down.” Read more…

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