Voters finally got to cast their preliminary votes in the Iowa caucus, which begins the presidential race.
For Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders came in as a close first and second place, while Martin O’Malley was forced to withdraw from the race. Monday night, the results were tied for Clinton and Sanders, but early Tuesday morning, Clinton’s campaign team announced the victory.
Clinton shared her goals and plans if elected as president addressing universal health care, fighting student debt and climate change, and protecting the rights “of women, gays, immigrants and workers,” according to USA Today.
She said, “We do that by securing the nomination, and then we do it by winning and going into that White House as others before have, determined to push forward on the great goals and values that unite us as Americans.”
Sanders shares a few similar goals, but would like to make “all public education free,” stated USA Today.
“Nine months ago we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America,” Sanders told supporters. “And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie.”
For Republicans, Ted Cruz won the contest with Donald Trump coming in second and Marco Rubio coming in third place while Mike Huckabee had to suspend his campaign.
On his victory, Cruz said, “Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation. Tonight, the state of Iowa has spoken.”
He shot a few verbal bullets at Washington and the media. Cruz said, “Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment.”
Trump gave a “short but gracious speech that lacked his normal bombast,” according to CNN. “We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie. We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored,” said Trump,
Rubio also celebrated and said, “We are not waiting any longer to take our country back. I will be your nominee thanks to what you have done in this great state.”
Missing from the action was Dr. Ben Carson who went to Florida to visit family before flying back out to Washington D.C. for the National Day of Prayer.