Republican Candidates’ Reactions to Iowa Caucus Results

With the results of Iowa’s Republican caucus on Feb. 1, 2016 now in the books, the potential presidential nominees have voiced their opinions of those results and some of the GOP contenders are either suspending their campaigns or considering it.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz lost no time in announcing his projected victory in the Iowa GOP caucus, seizing the opportunity to critique his closest opponent in the caucus, Donald Trump, and GOP big-wigs who have disdained Cruz’s anti-establishment campaign, saying, “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.” (

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Billionaire Donald Trump, who received 24.3 percent of the vote as compared to Cruz’s nearly 28 percent, lacked some of his usual bluster in the short speech he gave after caucus results were known. He assured his supporters that coming in second in Iowa was no disgrace nor would it dampen his enthusiasm moving forward, “We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie,” Trump told supporters. “We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored.” (


News Update Feb. 3, 2016: The air between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz became inflated with Trump calling out Cruz, accusing him of stealing the Iowa caucuses and going so far as to write on Twitter that due to the “fraud” committed by Cruz, either a new Iowa caucus election should be held or Cruz’s results be nullified. In turn, the Texas senator tweeted that “Reality hit the Reality TV star in Iowa…” then later referred to Trump’s rhetoric as a Trumpertantrum — now an active hashtag on the social media site.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio had what was to many, a surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa caucus, placing third among the candidates with 23.1 percent of the vote. Rubio delivered a strong speech post-caucus results, predicting he would become the Republican nominee for president.

While the top three winners in the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio were triumphant in their victories, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee tweeted on his official account that he was suspending his campaign at 10:30 p.m., following the announcement of Iowa caucus results. Huckabee, who received 1.8 percent of the Republican caucus votes, experienced a turnabout in the results of the 2008 Iowa caucus when he won that vote, beating nearest opponent, Mitt Romney.

Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, who received 1.0 percent of the Iowa votes, has said he needs more time to consider those results before making a determination about whether he will continue his campaign or suspend it. Santorum, another candidate who had fared well in the past in the Iowa caucus, emerged from the 2012 caucus there as the top candidate, barely edging past Mitt Romney.

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore came in dead-last in Monday’s Iowa caucus, receiving a total of 12 votes throughout the more than 1,600 precincts, a sum so paltry that it pales in comparison to the total of 119 “Undecided” votes. There has been no word so far on Gilmore making any changes in his candidacy status.

News Update Feb. 3, 2016: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum announced they are suspending their campaigns seeking their party’s nomination as the presidential candidate for the November 2016 general election. The outcome of the Republican Iowa caucus is what spurred the decisions of both candidates. Rand Paul had received 4.5 percent of the total vote in Iowa, while Rick Santorum finished with 1.0 percent.


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