Ted Cruz soundly defeats Donald Trump in Iowa’s Republican nominating contest, creating a three-way competition with establishment candidate Senator Marco Rubio.
DES MOINES, IOWA, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 1, 2016) (REUTERS) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz soundly defeated billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa’s Republican nominating contest on Monday (February 1) upending the party’s presidential race and creating a three-way competition with establishment candidate Senator Marco Rubio.
Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won the first state Republican contest in the 2016 race with 28 percent of the vote compared with 24 percent for businessman Trump. Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, came in third with 23 percent, making a stronger-than-expected finish.
Cruz’s win and Rubio’s strong showing could dent the momentum for Trump, whose candidacy has alarmed the Republican establishment and been marked by controversies ranging from his calls to ban Muslims temporarily from entering the United States to promising to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
The 2016 election is shaping up to be the year of angry voters as disgruntled Americans worry about issues such as immigration, terrorism, income inequality and healthcare, fueling the campaigns of Trump and Cruz.