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1:55 PM ET, February 2, 2016

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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Trump Lost Iowa  —  Evangelicals come through for Cruz.  —  West Des Moines, Iowa  —  All of the televisions in the Sheraton ballroom at Donald Trump's caucus watch party were turned to CNN when the news arrived a little after 9:00 p.m. local time.  With 97 percent of precincts reporting …
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Tessa Berenson / TIME:
Ben Carson Accuses Ted Cruz of Dirty Tricks at Iowa Caucuses  —  Ben Carson was incensed as the results of Monday night's Iowa caucuses rolled in, accusing the winner of spreading falsehoods about him at caucus sites.  —  Carson's team claimed that Ted Cruz's campaign deliberately sent emails …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How pollsters got Iowa wrong  —  Donald Trump led almost all of the polls leading up to Monday night's Iowa caucuses - just ask him.  —  He was in first place in the nine most recently conducted live-interviewer surveys of Republicans, going back three weeks.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takeaways from the Iowa caucuses  —  Here's one little 2016 tradition that should bite the dust after Monday night: Donald Trump's giddy recitation of the public polling showcasing his supremacy over the lesser, more vulnerable candidates in his party.  —  The Iowa polls …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Here's what to expect in the New Hampshire Republican primary  —  BOW, N.H. — The Republican presidential campaign's focus on Iowa is over, so the spotlight on ethanol and evangelicals is out.  —  Now begins an eight-day sprint in New Hampshire that in many ways will be entirely different …
Discussion: American Power
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Sarah Palin talks about Trump's Iowa loss and whether they've discussed running together  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ® flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  —  Yahoo News spoke to Palin …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins  —  (CNN)Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a CNN projection, a huge victory for him and a bitter defeat for Donald Trump in the country's first presidential contest.  —  The victory for Cruz is the first time that the conventional laws …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan
Discussion: The Hill, ABC News and New York Times
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Can Marco Rubio Save Republicans From Themselves?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Politico:
Rubio off to New Hampshire with wind at his back
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg Business:
How Ted Cruz Engineered His Iowa Triumph
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Sometimes, Iowa Democrats award caucus delegates with a coin flip  —  In a couple Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss.  —  It happened in precinct 2-4 in Ames, where supporters of candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton disputed the results …
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Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Cruz Beats Trump in Iowa; Clinton Edges Out Sanders in Historically-Close Caucus  —  Sen. Ted Cruz bested billionaire Donald Trump to win Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday night as Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton eked out a victory in a historically-close race.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why a ‘Virtual Tie’ in Iowa Is Better for Clinton Than Sanders  —  Bernie Sanders is right: The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a “virtual tie,” especially after you consider that the results aren't even actual vote tallies, but state delegate equivalents subject to all kinds of messy rounding rules and potential geographic biases.
Annie Karni / Politico:
How Iowa went wrong for Hillary Clinton  —  DES MOINES - Monday night was Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign in miniature - it began with high hopes of a doubt-eradicating victory and ended with that same old anxiety, an inch beyond the jaws of an underdog.
Paul Colford / The Definitive Source:
AP calls Iowa Democratic caucuses for Clinton  —  Update: AP called the Iowa Democratic caucuses for Hillary Clinton just after 1 p.m. ET after the state party said it had finalized all results and planned no recount and after Bernie Sanders' campaign said it did not intend to ask for a recount.
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bernie Sanders wants raw vote count released after tight finish in Iowa caucuses  —  Dramatic clash with Hillary Clinton for Democratic presidential nomination is sign public want change, says leftwing senator  —  Bernie Sanders has called on the Democratic party to release a raw vote count …
Peter Weber / The Week:
Sorry, Bernie: A tie in Iowa is still a win for Hillary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is right.  The Vermont independent may have lost the Iowa Democratic caucuses to Hillary Clinton by the narrowest of margins, but it really was a “virtual tie.”  —  With 99.9 percent of precincts counted in Iowa …
Karen Friar / MarketWatch:
Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time  —  While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it's easy to say who was luckier.  —  The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight …
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders rally chant: 'She's a liar!'
Discussion: Raw Story and The Gateway Pundit
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton ekes out win in Iowa against Sanders
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sanders: We may look into a recount
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   How badly is Bernie burned?
Tori Floyd / Yahoo! News:
Woman Who Gets Waferless KitKat Demands Lifetime Supply  —  A woman is demanding a lifetime supply of KitKats after she bought a packet of the chocolatey treats without any wafer.  —  Saima Ahmad, 20, a law student from Enfield, north London, purchased a multipack of eight KitKat bars from a supermarket for £2 last month.
Discussion: WCTX-TV and Fox17
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Jeb Spends $2,884 Per Iowa Vote  —  Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa.  His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.  —  Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.
Discussion: The Week
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