Iowa caucuses marked beginning of primary election, did not disappoint

Staff members count ballots at a caucus site in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Feb. 1. (Yin Bogu/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)

Riley Youngman

Do you smell that? I think something may be Berning.

Monday night’s Iowa Caucus served as the official kick off to the election season. According to The Des Moines Register, this year’s caucus saw the second largest turnout in history with around 180,000 people gathering in gyms and town halls across the state.

The results were surprising—sort of.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz pulled out an upset victory securing 27.6 percent of the vote, while Donald Trump took second place after many experts had projected him win.

Trump refused to participate in the last debate leading up to Monday’s caucus. He cited “differences” between Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly and him as his reason—Kelly had asked Trump questions about his misogynistic tendencies at an earlier debate, and that decision appears to have hurt his support.

If you think about it logically, not attending an event voters use to make decisions about who they will support will very likely hurt your poll numbers. That isn’t rocket science, but more like a simple equation that’s not hard to understand.

Or so you would think. Cue the “Donald.”

In the aftermath of the caucus, Trump has come out and accused Ted Cruz of illegally stealing the election. The best part is how Trump took to Twitter with these accusations.

“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That’s why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!” one Tweet read. “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified,” Trump continued.

Trump claimed that during the Caucus, Cruz’s campaign put out a news release announcing that Ben Carson had dropped out of the race, which did happen. And this did happen. And it is ethically wrong. But of all people to complain, Donald Trump has no room to talk. Ben Carson is upset as well, rightfully so, and has called out Cruz. But he isn’t crying for a revote.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton received only 0.3 percent more of the vote than Bernie Sanders. 0.3 percent. The result was the closest in history.

Iowa certainly did not disappoint.

Ted Cruz gave all the glory to God, Trump is throwing Twitter tantrums, and Marco Rubio, who took third, is gaining momentum daily. Hillary won. Technically. And she’s stoked. Bernie Lost. But he’s celebrating anyways.

Martin O’Malley quit. Who’s he again?

America has now collectively turned its attention toward New Hampshire. Will Trump completely go off the deep end? Will Bernie’s political revolution continue? Will little Bobby ever be rescued from the bottom of the well? Tune in next week to find out.

The opinions expressed in Youngman’s column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Barometer staff.

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