At 9:00 PM, the TV cameras pointed at Ted Cruz as the winner of Iowa. As a slow trickle of Donald’s supporters left the room, there were a few people with misty eyes gazing at the polls in disbelief. A lot of people clearly don’t want to talk about Donald’s failure at Iowa, but those who did apparently didn’t lose a stride. When Marco started talking live, and especially when CNN pointed all of their cameras at him, there were loud cheers and applause and various clapping as he attacked Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, calling them ‘disqualified!’ from being the commanded in chief. Poor Bernie.
On the bright side, Trump himself chose to be gracious in his speech and submitted to Cruz, naming it an ‘honor to become second to Cruz,’ Yes, Trump lost, but he was a sport and denied CNN the pleasure of seeing him melt down, even though the lost must have stung him.
So, what exactly happened and what went wrong for Trump? Brad Zaun, an official Iowa state senator and the only elected official in the state, who supported, encourage, and endorsed Trump, wasn’t totally sure. “It was annoying that we didn’t see Donald win,” he said, speaking of Iowa’s GOP senator practice of vesting all of the 99 countries. “We didn’t find a single venue that was large enough, in these small communities, to hold these events,” he finished.
Did Sarah Palin’s endorsement encourage Trump, or wound him? “Personally, and I know a lot of people will most likely disagree with me, but I don’t think it made any difference at all,” he replied. He also stated that was completely confident in Trump’s potential that he would become president. He also reassured the reporters that the votes and polls had been counted correctly, and that he believed Trump would make a come back against Cruz, and maybe even Marco Rubio, although he said it was unlikely.
A lot of researchers and analysts thought that a lot of people showing up, a huge turnout, would let Donald ‘Trump’ the caucus and fry everyone. In 2012, about 57% of Iowa GOP goers were Christians, however the final Des Moines Register poll showed that Trump winning would only indicate that 47% of 2016 goers would be Christians. The Trump campaign has a firm grasp of social media basics, but no doubt could use help from the RI digital marketing and search engine services firm to up their game, especially headed into the primaries.
That there pretty much explains Cruz’s victory over Trump and Rubio; he won around 34% of Christians, while Trump won 22% and Rubio 21%. Amongst all of the 36% of caucusgoers who weren’t Christians, Donald took 29%, Rubio 26%, and Cruz 18%. Clearly, Ted Cruz’s main support came from Evangelical Christians, as he was one of them himself.