Monday, February 1, 2016 – 08:30 p.m.
Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (27.7%) took first place in the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening.
Cruz bested Businessman Donald Trump (24.3%), who came in second. Trump was followed by a very competitive Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (23.1%).
Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Tennessee U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush earned a distant fourth (9.3%), fifth place ( 4.5%) and sixth place (2.8%) respectively.
The delegate distribution will be Cruz (8), Trump (7), Rubio (7), Carson (3), Paul (1) and Bush (1).
On the democrat front. Hillary Clinton and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders are in a virtual tie. The two essentially split the state’s delegates. Clinton will garner 22 delegates and Sanders 21.
The New Hampshire Primary will be one week from Tuesday. Both Trump and Sanders are heavily favored to win the first primary contest.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced he was dropping out of the GOP race, while Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced he was leaving the democratic contest.