Tight race for Republicans, Democrats: early Iowa tallies
03 February 2015, Nirapad News: Republicans Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were locked in a three-way battle in the Iowa caucuses Monday while Democrat Bernie Sanders was snapping at Hillary Clinton’s heels, early counts from the parties showed.
With 37 percent of Republican precincts and 58 percent of Democratic ones reporting, Trump and Clinton — the frontrunners for the 2016 nomination — faced serious challenges as the midwestern state cast the first votes in the election race.
In the Democratic camp, former secretary of state Clinton had 51.1 percent of votes, putting her neck-and-neck with the Vermont senator and self-described socialist Sanders on 48.4 percent.
On the Republican side, the arch-conservative Cruz, a senator from Texas, took an early lead with 29.3 percent of the vote, ahead of real estate billionaire Trump with 26.3 percent, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio on 20 percent.
The only other among the 12 Republican candidates to muster more than five percent of the vote was the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, on 9.6 percent.
A few hundred thousand people at most are expected to take part in the Iowa caucuses, but history has shown the race can be a bedrock to a candidate’s long-term success in the race for the White House.