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63% of the sites now reporting, still a tight race. 51% for clinton, 49% for bernie sanders. still could go either way. on the republican side. more of the caucus sites have reported 75. ted cruz maintaining his lead, 28% to 25% for donald trump. 22% strong third for marco rub joe so far. a quarter of the votes outstanding. ted cruz is winning by 3,602 votes. 25% of the votes still outstanding. it still could go either way fp he's building a nice little lead. >> the cnn poll of polls coming into this. averaging out most of the credible polls in the last week or so before the iowa caucuses, had donald trump at 31%. marco rubio was at 16%. insurgent candidates tend to
overperform their poll numbers. at the moment, donald trump is well underperforming which is going to raise questions about the strength of his organization. did they have the ground game, is celebrity drawing him big crowds but he can't get them to the polls. we'll see as the campaign moves on to new hampshire. in republican circles tonight, they're saying donald trump underperforms, does not have the strength of organization. ted cruz is overperforming and rubio is overperforming. you look at how that is playing out, it's quite interesting. i said earlier. it would be a big deal if ted cruz wins the county. it was mitt romney count h country four years ago. why is he winning it now? because rubio and trump are splitting the establishment vote. ted cruz winning. rubio could get that, trump could get that. cruz performing in places where you would not expect him to do, because of the strength of his
organization, turning out every last conservative while trump and rubio split the vote. he's beginning to fill in, this is romney country, establishment country. just do the west of des moines. rubio performing well there, trump falling down in third place. as they split the establishment vote, cruz is sneaking in and keeping his percentages up in places. making up for the fact that trump has had success in the smaller evangelical counties. >> 75% of the caucus sites reporting, is it fair to say this is still very much a three-man race? >> yes, without a doubt. >> as you go below this, dr. carson once the big leader in iowa. you go back a couple months, he's at 10%. rand paul, this has to be a huge disappointmentment. they thought they could get into a strong third place. jeb bush, just 3% of the vote in iowa, kasich and fiorina, she did play hard in iowa for a while. mike huckabee, a past winner,
2008, 2%. rick santorum at the bottom of the pack, this is a three-man race without a doubt, a very competitive race. let's just check, the biggest basket of polk county, 23% of the vote still to come in. can rubio make up some gains? he's doing well in scott county, all of the votes almost counted. just about 10% to go here. that was mitt romney country four years ago. the fact that they're splitting the vote right there, is one of the reasons we have a strong competitive race. there were a couple counties early on that ben carson was leading. this could influence the statewide results. again, the big conversation tonight among the other campaigns is, he's underperforming and does that
give you the scent of blood, if you will. >> ted cruz had an excellent ground game, an operation in place that perhaps donald trump didn't have. >> they did it the traditional way. >> let's look at the democrats right now. 50% for hillary clinton, 49% for bernie sanders. >> it's espresso time. the comfort zone for the clinton campaign isn't very big right now. they're still leading by a quite substantial margin by the largest county in the state. you have 41% of the vote to be counted. if she can keep that margin in polk county, it would be enough to offset otherwise. we don't know the precincts that
are out. we'll have to keep an eye on polk county most of all. 67% of the vote here, if sanders can keep or build on that margin, this is one of his ways to make up some votes. let's check a few others, cedar rapids in the suburbs, sanders lead there. that's a healthy lead. if he keeps that lead in that county, that's going to pick up some support there. we know here in johnson county, iowa city. 7 in 10 votes counted. a huge lead there. university of iowa is here. a lot of votes here that could go sanders way. you look at story county here. the counties in the east, where sanders is doing well, more potential for bernie sanders to pick up.
if you're secretary clinton, you're hoping if you keep this lead here, it's the biggest part of the state. 54-46, this is suburban do main over here. we still have huge battlegrounds. >> 74% of the caucus sites republican. hillary clinton 50%. bernie sanders 49%. who would you rather be right now, bernie sanders or hillary clinton? >> given what we don't know who's going to show up? >> because she's winning so big in the largest part -- the most populated county in the state, if you made me choose, her. but this is razor thin. there are more than enough votes out here, i'd rather not choose. >> it's going to be very close. i want to walk over to david at the desk.
it doesn't get closer than this, does it? >> no, it doesn't. what vote irs were looking for as they were heading in, those voters on the democratic side that wanted somebody who cares about people like me, that is sanders territory. 74% for sanders, 22% for clinton. they made up 26% of the electorate. the right experience. this was hillary clinton's entire argument throughout the entire campaign thus far. they made up 28% of the electorate. about evenly split there of democrats who want somebody who cares about people like me and want someone who has the right experience. sanders territory, clinton territory, that's why it's so close. >> we thought it was going to be close, it's very, very close on the democratic side. >> cruz has a slight lead on the republican side. it's close there, it could go anyway. let's go to anderson. 75% of the vote in, 50% for
hillary clinton, bernie sanders at 49%. martin o'malley at 1%. cnn reporting he is going to suspend his campaign within this hour. we'll try to bring that to you, a very, very close race on the democratic side. even if bernie sanders does not win this, given how close it is, he can claim a victory? >> i've spoken to someone in his campaign that's saying that. we came from nowhere, and within a margin of error of victory. another number david axelrod and i were talking about, was the honest and trustworthy number that you see between sanders and clinton, where he is overwhelmingly considered more honest and trustworthy. it was like 82% to 11 by these
caucus goers. you can see as one of her problems going-forward, whether or not she wins this evening. sanders was doing very well with younger voters, independent voters. this question of cares about me goes to income inequality. that's another issue she has struggled with. clearly within the democratic party, bernie sanders has more credibility. >> that scores higher than terrorism. >> that was fourth on -- >> he's also doing well with independent voters who can opt into the caucuses, which speaks to the new hampshire -- they're dominated by independent voters, he's doing very well. i want to say a word about expectations. i was joking this morning, i said, i can't wait for the voting to get over with so we can go back to talking about the polls.
the monthlies have set the expectation for the day. if it turns out the way it turns out, it will work to the advantage of cruz and rubio. it will damage donald trump. rubio was viewed as a third tier candidate. the fact that cruz and rubio are overperforming the polls makes this a good night for them. we're at the mercy of polls as john pointed out that are not always accurate. sanders has run 20 times for office, and out of those, he's won 14 times. this is just the beginning, sanders will stay in this race. some of his advisers are looking
to california and michigan, those bigger states. he's good at tapping into their values with his ideas. >> he's run for office 20 times, and yet hillary clinton is crushing him when it comes to voters who want an experienced candidate. he's experienced, he's 74, been in politics for three decades. >> speaking of -- at the outset of the evening we said the higher the turnout, the better advantage for bernie and trump. bernie seems to be closing the gap on where he had been polling, so that wisdom holds with regard to sanders, but not trump. maybe the decision about the
debate was the wrong decision. i thought in the aftermath of the debate, that marco rubio had a good night. maybe trump gave rubio an opening by not attending that debate. >> and maybe cruz' organization and the way they've been able to target voters, he's doing well in rural areas, in suburban areas. maybe some of their deck nolg really helped him in this, where as donald trump had some super secret organization we don't know about, right? >> speaking of people who run for office a lot. donald trump has never run for office. and here he sits at number two. >> he's tried a few times. >> thought about it. he never announced, he never ran, he never had an organization. >> yes. >> so my point is, to speak of polls. the latest cnn polls shows him ahead by double-digits in new hampshire. cruz way back at 12 and marco
rubio at 11. this battle now is going to get very intense. the best thing to do if he does lose. acknowledge the loss, claim victory and move on. the comeback kid philosophy i remember. >> on this turnout issue, we should point out we started the evening, by saying if the turnout was high, trouble for ted cruz, trouble for hillary clinton, both of whom may end up winning tonight. sanders has run a great race, but it's sort of interesting that organization candidates are doing so well. >> i think that's a very good point. first of all, everyone was talking about ted cruz's organization. trump says, i have a movement. the machinery of a hillary clinton or the machinery of a cruz prevail. i want to say something about martin o'malley.
this guy -- this is a very brutal business. this guy put his name out there, he put his family through hell, he was out there for a year and a half. he tried very, very hard. he made very good arguments. in any other year, he would have been able to catch fire some place and do much better. you look at a huckabee. this guy is one of the best human beings. i disagree with him on everything. good people that went out there. >> let me ask about dr. carson. word from his campaign, he's not going to go to new hampshire, he's going to go down to florida. then his campaign put out a statement saying, he's going to florida because he needs to change clothes. >> oh, anderson. >> which has got to be the weirdest explanation i've heard.
frankly, i've been wearing this suit for four days. i'm going to have something fedexed to me when i go to new hampshire on wednesday. >> welcome to the carson campaign. and maybe carson should take a page from martin o'malley's books and call it quits for the good of the party and the country. whether it was the egyptian pyramid grain silo debate that we all ended up having to have, or any number of -- >> the war against -- >> where did his voters go. >> i think they go with cruz. >> i suspect they're for him because of his powerful appeal. that's where he first made his name. he said he's going to go to the national prayer breakfast. i think that's kind of weird. having worked a few years ago for a guy that won iowa. it's not a machine.
it's not for ted cruz, it's people taking time out of their lives. and the same for secretary clinton and bernie sanders. i know we all like to mock it, i love it. the fact that cruz was trending down. he lost nine points in the last six weeks in the iowa poll, and yet he seems to have been able to survive because of the -- and hillary clinton was trailing in our poll. 51-43 a week ago in iowa. she was down 8 pointis. should those two win, it will be a testament to thousands of people. who are not paid. they believe in these candidates. i believe all the way across, 10, 12 or 38 candidates. >> it also means that the birther issue, did not take hold as much of the other issues that people care about -- >> i have to go to wolf. >> we have a major key race alert right now. take a look at this, on the republican side, let's go there first.
90% of the caucus sites are in. ted cruz maintaining 5,000 votes, 28%, marco rubio a close third. almost all of the votes are now in. 97% of the caucus sites have reported. 97 -- look at how ted cruz is doing, 5,000 votes ahead of donald trump. 80% of the caucus sites on the democratic side have reported. hillary clinton maintaining a slight advantage. rubio doing very, very well about look at rubio right now with 23% on the republican side. cruz is ahead with almost all of the precincts reporting right now. 97%. let's go back to jake and dana. very impressive for ted cruz right now. a close battle for second place. >> that's right. i think it's fair to say, the
person having the best night in iowa tonight on the republican side is ted cruz. the person having the second best night is marco rubio. he's coming in third, he's only one point behind donald trump, who was leading in so many polls. but not the one that mattered on election day. >> coming into tonight, i was talking to a senior rubio source, they didn't plan on having him here for as long as he's been here. he's been here for the past eight days or more. they saw the surge, what everybody was seeing, in the public polling, even more so in their own data, they kept him here. they thought, you maybe we can do well. i don't know that they expected to do as well as they are so far, and again, i just -- it bears repeating. donald trump's worst nightmare appears to be marco rubio. ted cruz's best gift appears to be marco rubio. >> it looks like a lot of people did switch their vote. a lot of people supporting
donald trump now supporting rubio. you look at the top right of your screen. that is trump headquarters in the bottom right of your screen. rubio headquarters, i suspect we're going to hear a lot about marco rubio from mr. trump in the coming days. these performances coming in third. nobody expected you were going to do that well. it's an expectations game, and it has an effect on the rest of the race. people forget in 1992, bill clinton didn't win new hampshire when he called himself the comeback kid. he came in second when everyone thought he was going to do much, much worse. we have almost the reverse going on. marco rubio at 23%. donald trump predicted was going to win the iowa caucuses, look at that, 99% of the vote in. ted cruz at 28%. marco rubio nipping at his heels at 23%. a very strong showing for rubio.
and a very strong showing for ted cruz. >> absolutely and you know, the expectations game is so true, but especially for someone like donald trump, who's all about winning. and he even said he put his heart on his sleeve in the past couple days saying. i really need to win here, i want to win here. he was kind of joking about the fact he was only five points up in the latest poll. this is a new phenomenon for somebody like donald trump. the character that is donald trump to not be able to say i'm a winner. i wonder how much of a psychological effect that's going to have on him. >> i want to correct something i said before. above him on the top right. you raise an excellent point. one of the stars of the election so far has been donald trump. he's so good at branding himself as a winner, who will make
america great again. jeb bush, low energy and on and on. most of the branding has been negative. what is going to happen to his brand when he's no longer the winner, that's something that we will -- we haven't seen him experience yet, and it will be an interesting thing to wolf. wolf blitzer back to you. >> looking close to this on the democratic side, 50.1% for hillary clinton, 49.2% for bernie sanders. this is 81% of the expected vote. 81% of the caucus sites so far reporting. on the republican side, ted cruz maintaining his lead, 28% to 24% for donald trump. 23% up for marco rubio. 99% of the expected vote now in. but ted cruz, ted cruz is ahead 28 to 24%. on the democratic side, look how close it is.
51%. 81% of the expected vote in right now on the democratic side. very, very close between hillary clinton and bernie sanders we don't know the outcome of that. it's looking good for ted cruz. donald trump and marco rubio battling it out right now. let's go over to john king. have you to give him some credit, he's doing weapon. >> you see this 99%. you may think the vote is all counted. we never know how many people are going to turn out. we're over 155,000 people and still votes to count. we're up to 93% in polk county. marco rubio winning polk county. that's a big deal. ted cruz is holding his lead. marco rubio is making a run at second place right now. you watch this play out. can he get there?
let's see. you come out here. 99% of the vote. trump is winning you see how those margins play out. you're looking around to see what's left out there. less than half of the vote counted out here. mitt romney territory four years ago. let's watch as the votes come in here. let's drop down here and see how we're doing in scott county. 95% of the vote in there. rubio, this again suburbs, main line republicans right here, a three-way race. where else are their votes up? we're getting there. the vote has jumped in the last couple minutes. some of these smaller counties, we're at 100% here, 88% there. 85% in black hawk. 4.3%, where cruz, rubio, trump. we're seeing a lot of this. very close three-way race. what's left? a little bit of the vote left in
story county, where iowa state is. decent chunk of the vote. it's the largest population in the state. ted cruz at the moment. he's out trailing in those counties. that is the story of the night, with the split between trump and rubio. ted cruz doing very well in some of these suburban counties to offset trump's support. here's my big question. can rubio catch trump for second place, you look at the map right now, as it fills in, more rub kwloe and less trump, rubio's beginning to look a lot like mitt romney. the places where rubio's winning. go back four years, these are romney. the main -- i can tell you the big conversation among republicans, cruz proved the
strength of his organization. they turned out people in the suburbs, where you wouldn't think he would be strong. they used big data, smart organization, a lot of people on the ground to identify their votes and they clearly turned them out. trump is way underperforming his late late polls. that is the big conversation as the race moves on. rubio overperforming the last polls in iowa. they hope to get a boost heading into new hampshire. third place here would give him bragging rights. i think he would brag with a bigger voice. >> these are actual votes that have been counted. 43,550 for ted cruz. 36,000 for marco rubio. on the republican side. they released the numbers. on the democratic side, they don't release the hard numbers. these are the delegates, the state delegate equivalents. >> they're very close, it tells you have the close race. 50 to 49 as our reporters have
been saying. you look at the democratic map, what are you looking for? 82% of the vote counted so far. if you're team clinton, you're happy with this. still 25% of the vote to come in in polk county. she's running very well here, they're happy, there's more votes to come here. if you're bernie sanders, where you're looking for more votes. you want to come out here. lynn county, still 21% of the votes to be counted. we'll keep countinging in the east and the middle of the state as we go forward. >> we've got a major projection we're about to make on the republican side. cnn predicts ted cruz will win the iowa caucuses. based on the numbers coming in right now, the numbers we project. ted cruz will win the iowa
republican caucuses tonight. a major win for ted cruz. he's done remarkably well beating donald trump. marco rubio has been doing extreme when i well himself. all three of them close. cnn projects ted cruz is the winner of the republican caucuses in iowa. they're watching cnn right now, i assume all those people at cruz headquarters are very happy? >> that's right, wolf. this has quickly turned into a party atmosphere here at cruz campaign headquarters. they're watching cnn. they saw you just now call this race for ted cruz. a lot of people cheering and chanting behind me. we know that ted cruz right now is on an airplane. he's flying from cedar rapids to des moines. he will land in a little under an hour where he will address this crowd at some point. campaign advisers say his message tonight will be very clear.
it will be a message of gratitude for iowa voters and going-forward, he will argue that he is the candidate that can make this a national race. he's the candidate he wants conservative evangelicals and other conservative republicans to rally around. >> he's going to speak, right? >> campaign officials say his speech is finished, he's written his speech, all he needs to do is come out here and deliver it. after his speech, he will go out into the crowd and mingle with all these hundreds of people here, who have been waiting for hours. the tone in this room just shifted in the last 30 minutes, we could sense confidence from the cruz campaign. we spotted a lot of his advisers mingling in the crowd, coming over to talk to reporters. they were cautiously optimistic, very clear, they knew they were having a good night, very clear by the smiles on their face. wolf? >> cnn projects ted cruz the
winner of the iowa caucuses. i want to go to trump headquarters and sarah murray. what do you know about trump's appearance at some point? >> people were booing as that projection came in here. what we're hearing is campaign staffers are telling us, now the story is the marco rubio surge, he's a player in new hampshire, south carolina and could present a challenge for donald trump in those states. the other thing i'm hearing, i spoke with brad zahn. he tells me that privately he doesn't think donald trump ever expected to win iowa, he was hoping to. he didn't expect to, and he's comfortable with second place. now this race moves on to the next state. you can hear chants breaking out behind me. everyone wants to hear from donald trump even if he's not victorious tonight. >> at some point he will show up, i'm sure. we'll get ready to here ted
cruz, trump and marco rubio. this is a big win for ted cruz. >> a big win for ted cruz. and a bad night for some other people. dana bash has some breaking news. >> mike huckabee who was the caucus winner in 2008, a very big win back then, he's now suspending his campaign. he announced that moments ago we're talking about the three contenders, ted cruz, donald trump and rubio. mike huckabee has about 7% right now. he decided to suspend his campaign. he really has tried to return to iowa tried to make a go of it. people who are close to huckabee have told me, it's about timing and other things, but mostly about timing. it wasn't his year to return. and it he couldn't capture the
magic and momentum he had here in 2008. >> the event gellical voters very strongly turned out this evening and many of them went for ted cruz. >> they had many more options. >> they were splitting their vote. among rubio, trump and cruz. we'll see how those shake out. anderson back to you in washington. >> we'll see more people turning out in the last few hours. what do you think -- >> why are you smiling? >> it's not just because i work for ted cruz. i feel like we finally found a conservative who can win. look at what ted cruz faced in this election. not only was he competing with donald trump. on his birther issue, on his evangelical faith. he was being attacked fiercely by the republican party.
you had all of these gop king makers of the past saying he could never win. don't he did it. i don't think this is a win for ted cruz, this is a conservative product, they sought a leader who can stand for conservative principal, this may be the beginning of something much bigger, this is a great night for conservatives. >> how concerned were you when you heard there was record turnout on the gop side. all night long, so many people have been saying record turnout is going to break in donald trump's favor. hillary clinton 49.9%. bernie sanders 49.4%. with 84% of the vote now. so that race is tightening, it is still anybody's race. an extraordinary turn of events. >> my biggest fear is that we would face an extremely weak democratic forerunner.
republicans who make the mistake of nominating donald trump. i don't think people could trust to be a strong republican. iowa ans did not make that mistake tonight. we're going to go into a general election facing either hillary clinton or bernie sanders with a conservative that can win. >> how great is this? >> this is what you want. this is why you play the game, right? >> a super pack for hillary clinton? >> we're not attacking bernie or any of that stuff. we ran some ads about him and ted cruz. maybe that wasn't such a great move. i think this is why you -- what you want. >> let me just say, i'm neutral on this thing, i think for too long this -- the sanders insurgency was being ignored, blacked out. it was being disregarded, disrespected, it was being laughed at. this is not a joke. this is a serious movement inside the democratic party,
people love obama. they love obama, but they don't necessary love the obama years. there's been a sense of frustration, pain and disappointment and wanting to go further now. you did have a moment where it seemed like young people are saying we want to believe in more. maybe the establishment said lower your aims. people want to shoot high. and so you're proud of conservatives, i'm proud of progressives tonight. this is important for the establishment and the progressive wing to realize more is possible. >> i'm also neutral. >> this is interesting. the two parties couldn't be more different. the divide is on h. the younger you are, you are not for bernie. it's not an age so much.
they're happy with a set of economic policies. it's interesting that now senator cruz who's been a great critic of a lot of those policies has according to our projections notched his first w win. >> talking about how washington hurts the little guy. has been a constant thing from his senate campaign. >> we should also point out, we're watching closely the donald trump marco rubio battle on the republican side. that frankly still could go in either direction. we'll check in with john king shortly to look at where the votes still are to be counted on it. >> the republican party is in open revolt. one of the things i think is going to come out of this. we talked frequently about the establishment candidates getting
behind one person. i think de facto that establishment person has become marco rubio. >> it will be fascinating to see this, how does donald trump give a speech in which he has not run. here's marco rubio on the stage. his entire family, let's listen in to him, as he's come in. ♪ >> thank you. thank you. >> so this is the moment they said would never happen. for months, for months they told us we had no chance. for months they told us because we offer too much optimism in a time of anger, we had no chance. for months they told us because we didn't have the right endorsements or the right political connections, we had no chance. they told me that we have no
chance because my hair wasn't gray enough and my boots were too high. they told me i needed to wait my turn, that i needed to wait in line. but tonight, 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. this is not a time for waiting. for everything that makes this nation great now hangs in the balance. this is a time we need a president that will preserve, protect the constitution of the united states. not one that undermines, attacks and ignores the constitution of the united states.
this is a time for a president who will defend our second amendment rights. not a president who undermines them. this is a time for a president that will rebuild the u.s. military, because the world is a safer and a better place, when the united states has the most powerful military in the world. this is no ordinary election. 2016 is not just a choice between two political parties. 2016 is a refrn um dumb. a referendum on our identity as a nation and as a people. in america, there are only two ways forward for us now. we can either be greater than we've ever been or we can be a great nation in decline. bernie sanders or hillary clinton get elected -- >> no. >> if they were to win, we will be a great nation in decline.
if they win, obama care becomes permanent. if they win, these unconstitutional executive orders from this president become permanent. if they win, our military continues to decline. and if they win, the balance of our supreme court will be controlled by liberal justices for over a decade or longer. they cannot win. hillary clinton is disqualified from being the president of the united states. because she stored classified and sensitive information on her e-mail server, because she thinks she's above the law. hillary clinton can never be commander in chief. because anyone who lies to the families of people who lost their lives in service of this country can never be commander in chief of the united states.
and so tonight i thank you here in iowa. i thank you, we have taken the first step. but an important step toward winning this election. if i am our nominee, and i will be our nominee, thanks to what you have done here in this great state. when i am our nominee, we are going to unify this party, and we are going to unify the conservative movement. when i'm our nominee, we are going to grow the conservative movement, we're going to take our message to the people who are struggling paycheck to paycheck. to the students living under the burden of student loans. to the families struggling to raise their children with the right values, we will take our message to them and bring them to our side. when i am our nominee, we will
defeat hillary clinton or bernie sanders or whoever they nomin e nominate. i want to thank an all powerful and mighty god for the chance that he has given us to be a part of this endeavor here in iowa. it's been a phenomenal experience. i want to thank my wife and my fami family. i want to congratulate my friend senator ted cruz. he worked really hard here in iowa. and he earned his victory tonight. i want to thank another good friend of mine governor mike huckabee, for his service to our country. he's announced tonight he's suspending his campaign. we have tremendous admiration
for governor huckabee and we thank him for all he's done. two centuries ago an extraordinary generation living in one place at one time in america, the colonies, declared their independent from the most powerful empire in the world. they did it with the powerful words, our rights come from our creator, they do not come from our government. over the rest is a two century history of the most extraordinary nation known to mankind. i know america is special. i was raised to people who knew what life was like outside of america. i was raised by people who came to this country with nothing, they barely spoke english at the time. they had no money. my father stopped going to school when he was nine years old, he had to go work.
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same for their children. it is this that makes america special. and is this what we fight now to preserve. this is the kind of country that i want to leave for my children. this is the kind of country your children deserve to inherit as well. and this is what we must now decide. whether we will remain that kind of cun. or whether we will be the first generation to lose it. it's an important choice. and one that each generation before us has had to make. for america is not a special country by accident. america is a great nation. because each generation before us did their part. each generation before us sacrificed, they confronted their challenges, they embraced their opportunities and for over two centuries, each generation has left the next better off than themselves. now the time has come for us to do the same. now the moment has arrived for this generation of americans to rise up to the calling of our
heritage. now the time has come for us to take our place and do what we must. and when i'm elected president of these great united states, we will do our part much. [ cheers and applause ] >> when i am elected president. when we together achieve this victory, we will embrace all the principles that made america great and apply them to the unique challenges of this new century. when our work is done, here is what history will say of this generation. it will say that we lived in the early years of this new century, in an uncertain and difficult
time but we remember who we were. we rose up to the challenge of our time. we confronted our problems and solved them. because they did the american dream reached more people, and changed more lives than ever before. our children and grandchildren grew up to be the freest americans that ever lived. we did what needed to be done. the 21st century wasn't as good as the 20th century. p did was better, it was pay new american century. this is the task before us. and i thank my lord and savior jesus christ, i thank god for allowing me the opportunity to come this far with each of you.
i am grateful to you, iowa, you believed in me when others didn't think this night would be possible. when perhaps you were lost in the daily narrative perhaps it was time to step aside, you believed in me. you walked with us, you made the calls and knocked on doors. you made a huge difference tonight. i will be back here in october of this year because -- i said next year, i'll be back next year too, but i'm going to be back in october and september of this year because when i'm our nominee, we are going to win iowa, and we are going to win this election for this country.
and so iowa thank you so much. we will never forget you, we will see you soon again. and new hampshire, we will see you in the morning. thank you, god bless you. thank you very much. >> a triumphant marco rubio who is the third place finisher this evening, but the winner of the expectation game here in iowa. coming in a very strong third place after lingering far, far behind ted cruz and donald trump in the polls. while we're looking at these numbers and paying attention to the republican race. let's take a look at what's going on on the democratic side. it couldn't be closer. right now with 88% of the vote reporting, and the democratic race, hillary clinton has 49.9% of the delegates. and bernie sanders has 49.4%.
no on either side is feeling very good right now. they are very nervous. >> as we're talking about how close this is, we're awaiting donald trump. i think everybody in our audience is probably at the edge of their seats as we are. to see how donald trump is going to react to not being the winner tonight. >> since he came out and declared his candidacy this summer, he's only surpassed everyone in polls. gotten the best of every single candidate as he squared off against them. he's the one that seemed to do the best. we're waiting for donald trump. there he is right now. it's not a great night.
let's take a listen. >> thank you very much. i love you people. i love you people. thank you. unbelievable. i have to start by saying, i sluply love the people of iowa. unbelievable. so on june 16th when we started this journey, there were 17 candidates. i was told by everybody do not go to iowa. you couldn't finish in the top ten. i said i have friends in iowa, i know a lot of people in iowa, i think they'll really like me. they said don't do it. i said i have to do it. and we finished second and i want to tell you something. i'm just honored, i'm really
honored, i want to congratulate ted and all the incredible candidates including mike huckabee who's become a really good friend of mine. congratulations to everybody. congratulations. i want to thank all of the folks that worked with us. we had a great team and we'll continue to have a great team. we're so happy with the way everything worked out. i have to thank my wife and laura, and eric, and vanessa, and don. they went out and they were doing speeches and in fact i think don and erica, you did about six speeches today. i want to thank my family. they have been so amazing and so supportive. and we've had every indication, we're going -- we have a poll, we're 28 points ahead, new hampshire, we love new hampshire, we love south
carolina and we're leaving tonight and tomorrow afternoon we'll be in new hampshire and that will be something special. it's going to be a great week, and we're going to be up here next week. i think we're going to be proclaiming victory, i hope. i don't know who's going to win between bernie and hillary. i don't know what's going to happen with hillary, she has other problems, maybe bigger than the problems she's got, in terms of nominations. but we've had so many different indications and polls that we beat her and we beat her reasonably. and we will go on to get the republican nomination, and we will go on to easily beat hillary clinton or bernie or whoever they throw up there iowa, we love you we thank you. you're special. we will be back many, many times, in fact, i think i might come here and buy a farm, i love it. okay? >> thank you, thank you,
everybody thank you. thank you very much. >> donald frump, talking about his second place finish in iowa. focusing now on new hampshire and moving forward sounding confident nevertheless. a huge night with turnout. breaking records for the gop. a lot of people thought it was going to benefit donald trump with all the new voters he was going to bring in. >> he outorganized everybody. he delivered the evangelical voters that he needed to deliver even given the fact that ben carson was still in this race with 10%? and took a lot of those evangelical voters, you have to hand it to ted cruz here you have to hand it to donald trump as well.
marco rubio will compete. marco rubio will attack donald trump for being a part of the gang of 8. and the establishment money will now pour in to marco rubio. >> we went to iowa, i mean, we want to new hampshire to dictate the terms of surrender. 11 points ahead. new hampshire is a famously changeable state. i know we're handing out trophies to everybody here. i wouldn't give him one, i think he had a bad night. this is one of those nights where the first and third place finishers expectations went high.
>> if you flashback to 2013, one of the things they said is, they wanted a party that looked more like america. tonight, 61% of iowa ans basically voted for two cuban americans and carson getting 10% of the vote. >> cruz, trump and carson in total more than 60%, which doesn't bode well for whomever the establishment candidate might be coming back to a real conservative in the league. we run the experiment. what happens when a pure conservative instead of john mccain, instead of mitt romney is put forth. >> let's go back to wolf. >> let's get another key race alert. om zb, as they say. hillary clinton, bernie sanders, 49.8% for hillary clinton, 49.6% for bernie sanders, that's with
90% of the vote in. it doesn't get a lot closer than that. let's go over to john king for some analysis. 10% of the vote still out, it's as close as possible right now, between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. >> omg? >> that's what they say. this is, numbers don't lie. where is the vote outstanding, that's the big question. if you're in clinton headquarters, you have 18% of the vote out in polk county. she's running up a big margin, that's been pretty consistent all night. if that margin sticks, that's more good news for secretary clinton. you move over to dallas county. i just sent it the other way. a big lead there in this part. 91%, again, if she can keep this big lead as the rest of that comes in, it's comfort to her. let's come east. let's just stop up here, in story county, 86% of the vote in. when you look at the rest of the vote out, if he can keep this
count, that narrows the gap a little bit. story county, not as big as polk county to the south, she gets more of a bounce, you come over here to the east, dubuque is one place second clinton is winning in the east. we have a lot of votes to count there. we have some math to do. lynn county right here. sanders with a pretty healthy lead there, 86% of the vote. iowa city is where the university of iowa is. most of the vote is in here. these votes are just about all counted. scott county, a big county, 87% in. sanders could gain some votes here, it's very close, he's not going to gain a lot. clinton has gone up a little bit since we started much she has a slight edge right now, it's 49.8 to 49.5.
we have some counting to do. >> 49.8 to 49.5, to be precise, we rounded it up to 50. it's a lot closer, i just want to point out. these are delegates of the democratic convention in iowa, he these are not actual votes. the democrats don't release the actual votes like republicans do. >> when a race is this close, and every vote counts. put 100% up here. most of the votes are in, except for the larger population centers. we're waiting for cedar rapids in the suburbs. dubuque and davenport. those are the places, hillary clinton is waiting. >> brianna, what's the mood over
there at hillary clinton headquarters in iowa. >> very excited and very expectant crowd over here, wolf. we should emphasize, these result results are not final yet. you can hear the crowd, cnn, the crowd behind me. what we are hearing from the clinton campaign, they are declaring victory. turnout is high as sanders said it would be expected for him to win. we believe based on what we are seeing, that we have won. and we are hearing this from aide after aide. we understand that hillary clinton is still in her hotel, with her family members and they are actually. they've been there longer than they expected to be. we're expecting them at some point to come and address this
crowd. chelsea clinton will speak, bill clinton will speak, introducing his wife. what's the mood over there? >> i can tell you the mood is very joyous here every time the latest numbers come up, this crowd cheers. it's one of the actual smaller size rallies that bernie sanders has had. he came to such program nens with his rallies. his aids are pouring through these numbers. looking at a couple counties in particular. johnson county. polk county in des moines is the only place they can pull out a victory here. it's as close as it could possibly be. .8%. senator sanders is going to try to speak within the next 30 minutes or so, if the results are a little more firm, he is going to declare victory here. he believes that his upstart candidacy has nearly taken down