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Pro-lifers Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Sen. Marco Rubio finish 1-2-3 in Iowa

by | Feb 2, 2016

Pro-abortionists Clinton and Sanders end in dead-heat

By Dave Andrusko

(left to right) Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump

(left to right) Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump

It was worth every minute of a long, long day and night. As you all know by now, the turnout for the Iowa caucuses last night was extremely high (171,000+) with the requisite surprises (there are always surprises in the first in the nation caucus).

Pro-lifers ran the table on the Republican side, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz defeating billionaire businessman Donald Trump 28% to 24%. The big surprise on the GOP side is that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s gamble paid off. His campaign said he had intended to leave early to gear up in New Hampshire, saw a surge coming, and stayed in Iowa. His reward was to finish a strong third with 23%.

On the Democratic side, pro-abortion Hillary Clinton cautiously sort of declared victory last night; as of this morning she is ahead of pro-abortion Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders by a hair–3/10ths of one percent. Clinton–at one time ahead by 30 points over Sanders in opinion polls–probably put it best when she said she was “breathing a big sigh of relief.”

As the presidential contest moves to New Hampshire, pro-abortion former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley dropped out as did pro-life former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

But that still leaves ten Republican candidates. Besides Cruz, Trump, and Rubio, here are the numbers for the remaining pro-life candidates from last night:

Dr. Ben Carson–9%

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul–4%

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush–3%

Business executive Carly Fiorina–2%

Ohio Gov. John Kasich 2%

Mike Huckabee–2%

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie– 2%

Sen. Rick Santorum–1%

Here are three impressions coming out of last night.

First, it’s not exactly breaking news that the Sanders’s campaign is not a big fan of the Clinton machine. That anger boiled over beginning with Sanders’ suspicion about Microsoft whose app was used by caucus chairs to report local results to party headquarters and ending with Sanders’ supporters chanting “She’s a liar! She’s a liar” while Mrs. Clinton was delivering her quasi-victory speech.

And now that O’Malley has dropped out (technically, like Huckabee, he “suspended his campaign”), this Thursday’s MSNBC debate will be the first time Clinton and Sanders are alone at the podium. You can bet Sanders’s unhappiness with the way the party apparatus favors Clinton will be on display early and often.

Second, it’s also not unexpected that the party out of power for two terms would be highly motivated to take back the White House. In different ways with different emphases, Sens. Cruz and Rubio and Mr. Trump laid it out clearly and with passion last night: there cannot be a third Obama term, whether that would take the form of Clinton or a Sanders administration. Too much is at stake.

Pro-lifers could not agree more.

Third, we learned for the umpteenth time the limitations of polling. Trump was ahead in both the Des Moines Register and the Quinnipiac University poll. He finished four points behind Cruz. Rubio polled in the mid-teens, for the most part. He garnered 23% Tuesday night.

That’s why the latest polling in New Hampshire must be taken with a grain of salt. Trump had a massive lead in a Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University poll released Sunday: 38% to 13% for Cruz with followed by Rubio and Bush, 10% ; Kasich, 8%; and Christie, 5%. A CNN-WMUR-TV poll, also released Sunday is comparable.

But…that was before last night.

On the Democratic side, Sanders has more than double the voter support of Clinton–61% to 30%–in the new University of Massachusetts-Lowell/7 News survey. Again, taken prior to Tuesday night’s results.

And in the for-what-it’s-worth category, the New York Times’ Patrick Healy reported “Clinton advisers said late Monday night that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton were discussing bringing on additional staff members to strengthen her campaign operation now that a pitched battle may lie ahead against Mr. Sanders. The advisers said they did not know if a significant staff shakeup was at hand, but they said that the Clintons were disappointed with Monday night’s result and wanted to ensure that her organization, political messaging and communications strategy were in better shape for the contests to come.”

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