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12:20 PM ET, February 2, 2016

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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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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton ekes out win in Iowa against Sanders
Politico:
Rubio off to New Hampshire with wind at his back
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg Business:
How Ted Cruz Engineered His Iowa Triumph
Discussion: The Week
Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bernie Sanders wants raw vote count released after tight finish in Iowa caucuses
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
2nd-Place Finish Pierces Donald Trump's Mystique, but Another Chance Comes Quickly
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:   How badly is Bernie burned?
Associated Press:
AP PHOTOS: Winners and Near-Winners of Iowa's Caucuses
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Calls On Democrats To Support His Campaign In Iowa Victory Speech
Discussion: The Week
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
What Bernie Sanders Has Already Won
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
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING=> Carson Accuses Cruz Camp of FOUL PLAY - Told Voters Carson Was Dropping Out — WITH PROOF!  —  SCANDAL-  —  Dr. Ben Carson accused the Cruz camp of foul play in the Iowa Caucuses today.  —  Carson said the Cruz camp told voters Carson was dropping out and to support Ted Cruz.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Carson: Cruz ‘Dirty Tricks’ Ruined My Chances In Iowa!  —  Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday morning accused supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of telling voters at Iowa precincts that Carson had dropped out of the race, encouraging them to vote for Cruz instead.  —  Before the vote was called …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Can Marco Rubio Save Republicans From Themselves?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
James Oliphant / Reuters:
Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican establishment
Discussion: Common Dreams, Vox and The Resurgent
Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
Iowa sends New Hampshire a three-man race
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
FBI joins Flint drinking water investigation  —  The FBI is now investigating the contamination of Flint's drinking water, a man-made public health catastrophe, which has left an unknown number of Flint children and other residents poisoned by lead and resulted in state and federal emergency declarations.
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
FBI joins Flint, Michigan water contamination probe
Discussion: Politico
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Santorum precinct chairman on not voting: ‘Failure to launch’ … A Rick Santorum precinct captain is blaming a pen with no ink for not voting for the former Pennsylvania senator Monday night in the Iowa caucuses.  —  “You didn't vote for him?”  MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes asked the man …
Discussion: The Slot and The Week
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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