Donald J. Trump has been leading the polls for US Republican Presidential candidate for months now, yet at the first real vote, the real estate mogul fell at the wayside, coming second to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz polled 28% to Trump’s 24% at the Iowa Republican caucuses, with Florida senator Marco Rubio finishing third, getting 23% of votes.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was fourth, with 9% of the votes. Former President George Bush’s brother, Jeb, finished a disappointing 6th, picking up only 3%. The likelihood of him being the third Bush President after his father and his brother continues to plummet every day.
On the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton had looked like the certified nominee for a long time, but a strong campaign by her opponent, Independent Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, has posed a strong challenge in recent times. The pair finished the Iowa Democratic caucus in a dead heat, both picking up 50% of the votes cast.
The next primary for both parties is on February 9 in New Hampshire- Trump is still projected to win that state, whilst Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Democratic primary. New Hampshire lies next to his home state of Vermont.