Revisiting the 2016 Iowa Caucuses

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By Richard Lee

Five years ago today, the 2016 presidential campaign kicked off with the Iowa caucuses.

Because the caucuses are the first contest in the race for the White House, they receive abundant amounts of attention from the candidates and the media. But they have a far-from-perfect track record as an indicator of who ultimately wins the nomination.

On Feb. 1, 2016, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the Republican Party winner of the Iowa Caucuses, finishing 3.3 percentage points ahead of Donald Trump, who became the party’s nominee.

How did Trump take the loss?

He accused Cruz of stealing the win and called for another vote or nullification of the Texas senator’s victory.

Trump fared better in the primaries that followed the caucuses. Cruz dropped out of race in May and endorsed Trump in September.

But back in February 2016, he was none-too-happy with Trump’s accusations of election fraud.

“Yet another #Trumpertantrum,” he tweeted at the time. “@realDonaldTrump very angry w/the people of Iowa. They actually looked at his record.”



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