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Iowans go for Ted Cruz

Iowans go for Ted Cruz
Iowa caucus-goers split their Democratic votes for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Iowans kicked off the 2016 presidential race Feb. 1 by supporting Ted Cruz on the Republican side and splitting their support on the Democratic side.

Cruz, a senator from Texas, won the Iowa caucus with 27.7% of the vote and businessman Donald Trump came in second with 24.3%. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in a close third with 23.1%. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a distant fourth with 9.3%.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton garnered 49.9% of the Democratic vote, compared to 49.6% for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Here’s a sampling of reaction we found:

Iowa Republicans turned out in record numbers for the 2016 caucus. (Photo: Wildpixel/Thinkstock)

Business Insider: Ted Cruz’s Iowa victory could be a major blow to ‘Big Corn’
Ted Cruz’s victory in corn-rich Iowa could represent a major blow to the nation’s controversial biofuels program, reflecting its waning influence over politicians even in the heartland.

The Daily Caller: Here’s how anti-ethanol Cruz beat Trump in Corn Country
The Iowa counties that grow the most corn supported Cruz despite his opposition to ethanol subsidies.

Fortune: What you should know about ethanol and the Iowa caucus
Close to half of the corn grown in Iowa goes to ethanol production.

The Washington Post: Why is the issue of ethanol dogging Ted Cruz in Iowa?
Ethanol is emblematic of how a local concern can bubble up and affect a national political race.

U.S. News and World Report: Corn ethanol: The rise and fall of a political force
Monday's results would have been unthinkable a decade ago.

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