They just called the winner of the Iowa Caucus on the Republican side and it’s…..
The polls showed Donald Trump with a lead going into the Iowa Caucuses, but he put almost no time and effort into creating a ground game. On the other hand, Ted Cruz was hyper-organized and had the best team in the state. So, the question was: Could Donald Trump turn out record-breaking numbers of fans without bothering to do any basics? Could he generate massive turnout just by doing rallies?
Honestly, I didn’t know.
Well, the turnout has been huge and now we have an answer on who won the state. The Decision Desk is calling it for Cruz.
Ted Cruz: 28, Trump 25 & Rubio 22.
Incidentally, after a couple of late polls that seemed to show Rubio closing, there were people predicting he’d win. Actually, he finished in third place. The establishment spin will be that he over-performed. Just watch and see.
PS: Trump attacked Cruz relentlessly. So did Huckabee, Santorum and Paul. Even the governor of Iowa came after Cruz because Ted was too principled to buckle on ethanol — and he STILL WON.
Update #1: at 10:21 PM EST, MSNBC also called Iowa for Cruz.