In the recently concluded Iowa caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Republican race over business mogul Donald Trump by 24 to 28 percent and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio at 23 percent with 99 percent of the GOP votes in.
“Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next President of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment,” Cruz said in his victory speech Monday night.
CNN reported that while the Democrats’ decision on who to support differ in age, gender and income, those on the Republican side look at the presidential candidates’ values, ideology, and religion.
There was a tight competition in the Republican polls previously with votes almost shared equally by Cruz, Rubio, and Trump. With two-thirds of Republicans saying they were evangelical and born-again Christians, Cruz, who is a pastor’s son, must have obtained these votes to a major lead.
In the earlier polls, Republicans believed that Cruz is a candidate “who shares their values,” while Rubio was fit to win the White House. Those who are looking for change and a candidate “who tells it like it is” believed that Trump was qualified.
“We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary or Bernie,” Trump told his supporters graciously. “We finished second, and I have to say I am just honored.”
“This is the moment they said would never happen. For months, they told us we had no chance,” Rubio said in a jubilant spirit. “They told me that I needed to wait my turn, that I needed to wait in line. But tonight here in Iowa, the people of this great state have sent a very clear message after seven years of Barack Obama, we are not waiting any longer to take our country back.”
Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were tied in the Democratic race with 99 percent of the GOP votes counted.