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Cruz Crushes Trump And Rubio In Iowa

Through a campaign that combined cutting edge get-out-the-vote technology and effective television ads with unafraid advocacy of limited government constitutional conservative principles Senator Ted Cruz overcame the doubters and the haters to win last night’s Iowa Republican presidential caucuses. 

The final tally* showed Ted Cruz with 28% of the caucus vote. Donald Trump was second with 24% of the vote and Marco Rubio was third with 23% of the vote. 

Ted CruzAnd this was no photo finish as the ratings-hungry TV talking heads were trying to make it out as the votes came in. 

Ted Cruz led throughout the night. And when the votes were finally tallied Ted Cruz won 57 counties, more than half of the counties in the state, Trump won 36, while Rubio won just five.* (one appears tied) 

In booking some 51,649 caucus votes Cruz’s margin of victory over second place finisher Donald Trump was 6,233 votes – or a thousand votes more than Jeb Bush’s entire tally of 5,235 votes. And Cruz’s margin of 8,517 votes over Marco Rubio was more than Rand Paul’s entire tally. 

And in historical terms Senator Cruz’s victory was even more impressive. 

In 2008 Mike Huckabee set the record for the most Republican votes tallied in the Iowa Caucuses with 40,841 votes; this year Ted Cruz beat that record by almost 11,000 votes. This time around Governor Huckabee booked only 3,344 votes and has suspended his campaign. 

Ted Cruz’s victory is even more astonishing when you put it in the context of the negative ad spending against him and the attacks on him by establishment politicians. 

Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting Bush, raised more than $100 million before the campaign got underway and paid for a bombardment of ads in an attempt to jump-start his sputtering candidacy. Cruz had less than half of Jeb Bush’s money, but he spent it a lot smarter and more effectively. 

According to Mark Bryant, a vice president at Ace Metrix, a company that measures ad effectiveness, the firm had shown each presidential campaign ad released this year to focus groups of 500 voters from different parties and demographic groups. 

Among Republicans, Cruz seems to be getting the most bang for his bucks; three of his ads were the highest-scoring among GOP voters, Bryant said. 

And the result was that after at least $60 million in spending, Bush came in sixth in Iowa and booked just a little over 10 percent of Ted Cruz’s total vote in the Caucuses. 

“Vote for anyone but Cruz,” urged Iowa’s ethanol-loving Governor-for-life, Terry Branstad, while former Republican presidential nominee and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole said "I might oversleep that day," rather than vote for Ted Cruz. 

Indeed establishment Republican animosity toward Ted Cruz’s truth-telling about their lack of commitment to govern according to conservative principles may have buoyed Donald Trump’s campaign in the lead-up to the voting in Iowa. 

As The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza reported, some of the establishment resistance in going after Trump aggressively was based on the idea that such a move might strengthen Cruz. 

"There's no benefit at this point for the establishment to go after Trump because his votes aren't going to their person," said one high-ranking Republican operative granted anonymity to speak candidly to Cillizza. "They're afraid that will only help Cruz." 

According to the Los Angeles Times in the lead-up to the Iowa Caucuses whenever someone on television mentioned a Republican candidate for president, 4 out of 10 times it was Donald Trump. And more often than not during the past month, when they mentioned Trump it was in the context of one of his trademarked personal attacks on Ted Cruz. 

This media fascination with Trump was a major factor in the pre-caucus polling and made the billionaire entertainer and businessman look all but inevitable because he appeared to be winning the precincts of CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox. 

But what that polling failed to measure was the demand of country class Americans for leaders who will keep their word and a President who will govern according to limited government constitutional conservative principles. 

Despite the millions of dollars spent against him, the opposition of the entire Republican political establishment and the media fascination with Donald Trump, last night Ted Cruz proved that, when given the choice, voters will vote for the principled limited government constitutional conservative candidate who sticks to his principles – and who runs a smart campaign. 

*Final unofficial tally reported by CNN and other media outlets.

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Wisdom Should Win

Phyllis Schlafly affirmed my belief that Trump is the last best hope for America, which is one of the reasons I am sticking with Trump. At 91 she is also four years my senior and a very smart lady who has opposed everything I have opposed, especially the feminist movement.

Further, I happen to believe that anyone who has a vivid memory of the Great Depression and WWII (as we both have) is bound to have a certain kind of wisdom that younger people (even those two or three years younger) do not possess.

Trump was born after WWII, meaning he lacks the wisdom I am referring to. Nevertheless, Schlafly sees his having the same resoluteness that Churchill, Patton, Halsey, MacArthur, Spruance and others had... also, Trump is an outsider, not a politician like Cruz. Her rationale is simple and correct because it is based on wisdom:

“Trump is the only hope to defeat the Kingmakers,” Schlafly told Breitbart resolutely. “Because everybody else will fall in line. The Kingmakers have so much money behind them.”

Cruz has proved that he is changeable; Trump never changes.

John Wagner
Ann Arbor

Wrong - Cruz did not crush Trump

The margin was close but sure Ted won. He has spent quiet a bit more time in Iowa and as far as I am concerned Iowa in no way represents the majority of America. It is a state in the middle of the country but out of touch with most all issues faced by other states. I am not impressed that Ted won here and figured he would, but it is no crushing victory as you put it in your headlines. This state is split in quiet a few ways no different than on the Democratic side.