Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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We'll be giving you our post-Iowa analysis and onthe show are Mike Barnicle, Nicolle Wallace, Chris Jansing, Mark Halperin, Kim Strassel, Steve Schmidt, Chris Cillizza, Sam Stein, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Steve Rattner, John Heilemann, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Steve Kornacki, Eugene Robinson, Jeremy Peters, Kelly O’Donnell and in Taji, Japan, all 9 boats now in drive formation, however pod is fighting not to be driven into harbor. Pod is putting up a fight. The formation has hardly moved, they are all still in front of the harbor entrance.Formation breaks up, looks like boats are headed back in empty handed. All dolphin hunting boats have returned to the harbor. Today nature has won and the dolphins survived! Blue cove, happy day! 2016-02-02 10:53am ‪#‎dolphinproject‬ ‪#‎tweet4dolphins‬
Iowa caucus: Republicans
99% reportingDelegatesVote %
Cruz (won)27.7%
Trump24.3%
Rubio23.1%
Carson9.3%
Paul4.5%
Bush2.8%
Fiorina1.9%
Kasich1.9%
Huckabee1.8%
Christie1.8%
Santorum1%
Gilmore0%

Democrats
99% reportingDelegatesVote %
Clinton49.9%
Sanders49.6%
O'Malley0.6

Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins; Clinton declares victory. Hillary Clinton declared victory early Tuesday morning in a razor-thin contest against Bernie Sanders in Iowa. But Democratic party officials have not yet declared a winner.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz emerges victorious at a rally Monday, February 1, in Des Moines after taking first place in Iowa's Republican caucuses on Monday, February 1. With about 99% of precincts reporting, Cruz had 28% of the vote, compared with 24% for Donald Trump and 23% for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. "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," Cruz said.
"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates."
With former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her side, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters February 1 at Drake University in Des Moines. The following morning, the Clinton campaign declared victory in the razor-thin contest against Sen. U.S. Bernie Sanders. "Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates." The Iowa Democratic Party indicated in a separate statement it was not ready to make a call.

Statement on 's victory in the Iowa caucus
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The state party indicated in a separate statement that it was not ready to make a call.

"The results tonight are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history," Iowa party chairman Andy McGuire said. "We will report that final precinct when we have confirmed those results with the chair."

One thing is clear after Monday night's Iowa caucuses: there's a long, volatile election season ahead before two deeply fractured parties can unite behind a nominee.

Republican Ted Cruz bested Donald Trump, raising questions about the billionaire's reliance on his celebrity instead of traditional political organization. And Marco Rubio's stronger-than-expected showing could mark him as the establishment's best hope against a grassroots revolt in next week's New Hampshire primary and beyond.

Cruz's victory sets him up as a formidable force in delegate-rich, Southern states to come and offers movement conservatives hope that one of their own can become the Republican nominee for the first time since Ronald Reagan.

Claiming victory, Cruz fired immediate shots at both Trump and the party elites he has so infuriated by waging an anti-establishment crusade that has nevertheless endeared him to the GOP's rank and file.

"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," Cruz said.

With about 99% of the GOP vote in, Cruz was ahead of Trump 28% to 24%. Rubio was at 23%.

"It is breathtaking to see what happens when so many Americans stand up and decide they're fed up with what happens in Washington and they want something different. They want a leader they can trust, they want a leader that stands for them against the corruption of Washington," Cruz told CNN's Dana Bash in an interview aired Tuesday on "New Day."

Trump, hours after predicting a "tremendous" victory, delivered a short but gracious speech that lacked his normal bombast, saying he loved Iowa and vowed to bounce back next week in New Hampshire.

"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."

Rubio will also leave Iowa with a leg up over other establishment rivals including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who have a lot at stake in New Hampshire.

"This is the moment they said would never happen. For months, they told us we had no chance," a jubilant Rubio said. "They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message — after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back."

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz emerges victorious at a rally Monday, February 1, in Des Moines after taking first place in Iowa's Republican caucuses on Monday, February 1. With about 99% of precincts reporting, Cruz had 28% of the vote, compared with 24% for Donald Trump and 23% for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. "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," Cruz said.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz emerges victorious at a rally Monday, February 1, in Des Moines after taking first place in Iowa's Republican caucuses on Monday, February 1. With about 99% of precincts reporting, Cruz had 28% of the vote, compared with 24% for Donald Trump and 23% for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. "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," Cruz said.

With former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her side, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters February 1 at Drake University in Des Moines. The following morning, the Clinton campaign declared victory in the razor-thin contest against Sen. U.S. Bernie Sanders. "Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates." The Iowa Democratic Party indicated in a separate statement it was not ready to make a call.

With former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her side, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters February 1 at Drake University in Des Moines. The following morning, the Clinton campaign declared victory in the razor-thin contest against Sen. U.S. Bernie Sanders. "Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates." The Iowa Democratic Party indicated in a separate statement it was not ready to make a call.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines. "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 said. "And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

Sanders and his wife, Jane, acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines. "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 said. 

"And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

Trump gives supporters the thumbs-up as he concedes defeat in Des Moines. Trump vowed to win next week's New Hampshire primary. "We will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie," Trump said. "We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored." Trump vowed to win next week's New Hampshire primary. "We will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie," Trump said. "We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored."

Rubio addresses his supporters at a caucus night rally in Des Moines. "This is the moment they said would never happen," Rubio said. "For months, they told us we had no chance. They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message: after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back.

Rubio addresses his supporters at a caucus night rally in Des Moines. "This is the moment they said would never happen," Rubio said. "For months, they told us we had no chance. They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message: after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back."

With former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her side, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters February 1 at Drake University in Des Moines. The following morning, the Clinton campaign declared victory in the razor-thin contest against Sen. U.S. Bernie Sanders. "Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates." The Iowa Democratic Party indicated in a separate statement it was not ready to make a call.

With former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea at her side, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters February 1 at Drake University in Des Moines. The following morning, the Clinton campaign declared victory in the razor-thin contest against Sen. U.S. Bernie Sanders. "Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting -- and analysis -- of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates." The Iowa Democratic Party indicated in a separate statement it was not ready to make a call.

Sanders and his wife, Jane, acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines. "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 said. "And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

"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 said. "And tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

Trump gives supporters the thumbs-up as he concedes defeat in Des Moines. Trump vowed to win next week's New Hampshire primary. "We will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie," Trump said. "We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored.

Trump gives supporters the thumbs-up as he concedes defeat in Des Moines. Trump vowed to win next week's New Hampshire primary. "We will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie," Trump said. "We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored."

Rubio addresses his supporters at a caucus night rally in Des Moines. "This is the moment they said would never happen," Rubio said. "For months, they told us we had no chance. They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message: after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back.

Rubio addresses his supporters at a caucus night rally in Des Moines. "This is the moment they said would never happen," Rubio said. "For months, they told us we had no chance. They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message: after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back."

On the Democratic side, Clinton and Sanders are deadlocked at 50% with 99% of the votes counted. Clinton, the national front-runner, admitted breathing a "big sigh of relief" after escaping Iowa -- the state she handily lost to Obama in 2008 -- but promised a vigorous campaign with Sanders.

"It's rare that we have the opportunity we do now," she said in a speech that didn't explicitly claim victory but sought to position her as the authentic progressive in the race.

Sanders, who trailed Clinton in Iowa by 30 points three months ago, told a raucous crowd chanting "Bernie, Bernie" that his campaign made stunning progress.

"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."

"And tonight," he said, "while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

Though Sanders fared well in Iowa and is nicely posited in New Hampshire, his hurdle is proving that he can appeal to more ethnically diverse electorates in later contests in places such as South Carolina.

Sanders made the case to CNN's Chris Cuomo, when he campaign plane landed in New Hampshire early on Tuesday morning, that he expects to challenge Clinton among nonwhite voters.

"We lost (the nonwhite vote), but that gap is growing slimmer and slimmer between the secretary and myself. I think you'll find as we get to South Carolina and other states, that when the African-American community, the Latino community, looks at our record, looks at our agenda, we're going to get more and more support," Sanders told Cuomo on "New Day."

The caucuses resulted in two casualties -- one on each side. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, both dropped their candidacies after faring poorly.

Even before the caucuses began, Ben Carson's campaign said he wouldn't go directly to New Hampshire or South Carolina -- the site of the next primary contests. Instead, the retired neurosurgeon, who was briefly the Iowa front-runner last fall, will go to Florida to rest and see his family.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is also skipping New Hampshire but will go straight to South Carolina, which holds its Republican presidential primary on February 20. CNN's Jeff Zeleny, Mark Preston, Chris Moody, Brianna Keilar, MJ Lee, Tami Luhby and Sunlen Serfaty contributed to this report.

In a message from Bernie Sanders, he said that "tonight we accomplished what the corporate media and political establishment once believed was impossible: after trailing Hillary Clinton in Iowa throughout this entire campaign, it looks as if we will leave the state with roughly the same number of delegates."

"I want to be clear with you about what this really means. Tonight’s result is a victory for our political revolution. We have proved that when people come together, anything is possible."

"New Hampshire votes next, where we have a slight lead in the polls. If we win there, we’ll have all the momentum. What counts now is how we respond in this moment"

"When we started this campaign, almost everyone wrote us off. We were down 41 percent in the polls… and those were some of the good ones. They said our ideas were radical and that we could never compete with the big-money fundraising of Hillary Clinton and her super PACs."

"Well, you showed them tonight."

"Victory is within our reach. But winning will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country — nothing less than a political revolution."

In a message from Hillary Clinton, "I'm so grateful to everyone who called a neighbor, or knocked a door, or contributed -- you've poured your dreams and determination into this campaign. You never lost faith. Anytime we got knocked down, you got right back up."

"You haven't gotten as much credit as you deserve, but there are hundreds of thousands of people just like you, and none of this would have been possible without you."

"Tomorrow, we'll look forward to New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond."

"I congratulate Senator Sanders and Governor O'Malley for a hard-fought race, and I look forward to the debate on Thursday. But the truth remains: Our country has to build on what works. We have to push forward, step by step, day by day -- we have to take on the hard fights that bring about progress."

"Hard work is how we passed health care reform and how we expanded Social Security -- it's how we fought for civil rights, voting rights, worker's rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights. It's the story of America."

"Together, you and I are writing a new chapter in that story, alongside millions of men and women across the country who share our belief that a better future is possible."

As far as Marco Rubio, if you saw his speech afterward last night, you would have thought he won. It was very odd watching it. He walked out like he won the entire Caucus last night. He called it a victory. He came in third place and like Joe just said on the show, when is the last time anyone has been that psyched to be a third place winner? I guess third place is the bronze medal in the Olympic games but this is politics. Marco Rubio Says He Beat Expectations In Iowa Caucuses. Ted Cruz might be celebrating his projected Iowa caucus win Monday night, but another senator -- Florida's Marco Rubio -- has plenty to cheer about, too.

Rubio appeared on track to outperform expectations set by recent polling. ABC News projected he secured a third place spot in Iowa just behind billionaire Donald Trump.

Walking out on stage with his wife and four children, Rubio smiled as he asked a room full of supporters: “So this is the moment they said would never happen?”

In the latest Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll released last week, Rubio garnered the support of 15 percent of Republican voters. But Monday night, he claimed a stronger backing among Hawkeye State Republicans.

In his speech, he projected confidence.

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“For months, for months they told us we had no chance. For months they told us because we offer too much optimism in a time of anger, we had no chance," he told a cheering crowd in Des Moines.

"For months they told us because we didn't have the right endorsements or the right political connections, we had no chance. They told me that we have no chance because my hair wasn't gray enough and my boots were too high.”

He added: "I thank you, we have taken the first step but an important step toward winning this election."

Rubio, who was criticized for not spending enough time in Iowa, gained momentum in the weeks leading up to the caucuses. Last weekend, the Rubio campaign aired 30 minute town hall infomercials in an ad buy that stretched across the state. And the Rubio campaign has been actively courting evangelical voters, with Rubio candidly discussing his faith at campaign events.

Rubio surged despite facing millions of dollars in targeted attack ads from Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting his former mentor and current GOP rival, Jeb Bush. In recent weeks, Bush sharpened his criticism of Rubio as his poll numbers slumped.

Rubio took note of the divisiveness in his speech on Monday night.

“When I am our nominee, we are going to unify this party, and we are going to unify the conservative movement,” Rubio said.

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