At this writing, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are too close to call in the Iowa results. On the Republican side, Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump, Marco Rubio came in third, Jeb Bush barely showed up, and Carly Fiorina didn’t show up at her “victory” party.
So far the only formal drop-outs as a result of last night’s vote are Martin O’Malley and Mike Huckabee.
I’m surprised by Ted Cruz’s margin over Trump, but not really that he won. I’ve always felt that Trump’s support was a mile wide and an inch thick; people showed up for the show but when it came time to vote, meh; they had better things to do.
The one person who can now capitalize on this result is Marco Rubio. Josh Marshall thinks he presents the biggest threat to the Democrats in November.
So now it’s on to New Hampshire, and a week from now we’ll all have forgotten about Iowa, except for the schadenfreude of reminding Donald Trump that he will go down in the history books as being a Loser in Iowa. That said, brace yourself for some really outrageous stuff from him in order to recapture his mojo.
UPDATE: At 3:41 a.m., NBC News declared Hillary Clinton to be the winner in Iowa.