Analysis of the Iowa Caucus

Headline Roundup February 2nd, 2016

Analysis of the Iowa Caucus

From the Center
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Columnist Edward Luce argued Monday in the Financial Times that Donald Trump has created a new brand in politics: an upraised middle finger. Later that day in Iowa, voters rejected Trump the candidate but stole his brand: They flipped a bird at the American political elite.

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From the Left
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OPINION

By the numbers, Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses. The technical winner among the Democrats is unclear but immaterial. Judging the victor by differences of tenths of a percentage point is a ridiculous enterprise when what’s being measured are delegate numbers, not tens of thousands of individual votes.

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From the Right
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The nation’s two major political parties entrust Iowa with beginning the elimination process – that one Midwestern state representing just 1 percent of the nation’s population, with an electorate not reflective of America writ large (Iowa’s population is whiter, more Protestant and decidedly less black and Hispanic than the rest of the country).

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