Feb. 1, 2016 Iowa Precinct Caucuses: Results and Reactions



Iowa Democratic Party
February 2, 2016
Sam Lau

Statement from IDP Chair on Tonight’s Historically Close Caucus Results

More Than 170,000 Iowa Democrats Come Out to Support Our Outstanding, Pro-Middle Class Candidates

DES MOINES—IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire released the following statement on tonight’s 2016 Iowa Democratic Precinct Caucuses:
“Tonight we saw an historically close Iowa Democratic Caucus that featured one of our strongest turnouts ever and passion and energy from Democrats all across our state.
“After a year where Iowans took the time to see candidates, ask them thoughtful questions, and became volunteers and leaders themselves, tonight 171,109 Iowa Democrats came together with their neighbors to engage in a spirited discussion on the future of our country. We saw passionate, engaged Iowans turn out in all 99 counties, and for the first time ever, the IDP ran both a Tele-Caucus and satellite caucus locations, fulfilling our promise to expand participation and improve on an already incredible process.
“The results tonight are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history. Hillary Clinton has been awarded  699.57 state delegate equivalents,  Bernie Sanders has been awarded 695.49 state delegate equivalents, Martin O’Malley has been awarded 7.68 state delegate equivalents and uncommitted has been awarded .46 state delegate equivalents. We still have outstanding results in one precinct (Des Moines—42), which is worth 2.28 state delegate equivalents. We will report that final precinct when we have confirmed those results with the chair.
"I want to congratulate all of our candidates for running terrific campaigns and thank them for taking the time to travel across our great state to share their visions for the country. In particular, I want to thank Governor Martin O’Malley for the time he devoted to meeting with Iowans and for sharing his vision of continued progress all across our state. His distinguished record as a mayor and governor as well as his plans for continued progress inspired the people of our state, and I look forward to his continued service to the nation and our working families.
"Finally, I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who helped run our precinct caucus locations all across the state.  And most of all, I want to thank all of the Iowa Democrats who came out tonight to caucus and make their voice heard.”

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2016

Final Precinct Results for 2016 Iowa Democratic Party Caucuses

One hundred percent of the precincts for the 2016 Iowa Democratic Precinct Caucuses have been reported.

•   Hillary Clinton received 700.59 state delegate equivalents
•   Bernie Sanders received 696.82 state delegate equivalents
•   Martin O'Malley received 7.61 state delegate equivalents
•   Uncommitted received .46 state delegate equivalents
Please see final results, organized by precinct, attached

[ed. note - This ia a very dense 103-page spreadsheet]


February 7, 2016

Caucus Results Updated After IDP Completes Review

Des Moines—Over the past week, to ensure the accuracy of our results the Iowa Democratic Party worked with the Sanders campaign, the Clinton campaign and local party leadership to review results from 14 precinct caucuses.
These follow-up reviews were in addition to the work we did on caucus night, where we worked with the campaign representatives in our tabulation room and our precinct and county chairs to resolve any issues that arose from the 1,681 Democratic precincts.
We reviewed the 14 precincts on a case-by-case basis, and in each instance reached out to our precinct and county chairs on the ground for a full accounting of the results. Nine of the 14 precincts were confirmed to be correct as reported on caucus night, while five instances of reporting errors were found:
Marion County, Knoxville 3 Precinct:
Reported As: 5 county convention delegates for Clinton, 4 county convention delegates for Sanders
Confirmed As: 4 county convention delegates for Clinton, 5 county convention delegates for Sanders
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.13 state delegate equivalents (SDEs); Clinton loses 0.13 SDEs
Woodbury County, 43 Oto/Oto Township Precinct:
Reported As: 1 county convention delegate for Clinton
Confirmed As: 1 county convention delegate for Sanders
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.15 SDEs, Clinton loses 0.15 SDEs
Osceola County, Ashton Precinct:
Reported As: 3 county convention delegates for O’Malley, 4 county convention delegates for Sanders
Confirmed As: 4 county convention delegates for O’Malley, 3 county convention delegates fro Sanders
Net Change: O’Malley gains 0.0167 SDEs, Sanders loses 0.0167 SDEs
Story County, Sherman Township Precinct:
Reported As: 1 county convention delegate for Sanders
Confirmed As: 1 county convention delegate for Clinton
Net Change: Clinton gains 0.23 SDEs, Sanders loses 0.23 SDEs
Poweshiek County, 1st Ward Grinnell:
Reported As: 18 county convention delegates for Sanders, 8 county convention delegates for Clinton
Confirmed As: 19 county convention delegates for Sanders, 7 county convention delegates for Clinton
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.072 SDEs, Clinton loses 0.072 SDEs
Total net Change:
Sanders gains 0.1053 SDEs
Clinton loses 0.122 SDEs
O’Malley gains 0.0167 SDEs
Updated Results:
Clinton: 700.47 SDEs (--0.122 SDEs) 49.84%
Sanders: 696.92 SDEs (+0.1053 SDEs) 49.59%
O’Malley: 7.63 SDEs (+0.0167 SDEs) 0.54%
Uncommitted: 0.46 SDEs (unchanged) 0.03%
The precinct caucuses are just the first step in the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus-to-convention process. In March, county convention delegates will elect delegates to the district and state conventions, who will then elect delegates to represent Iowa at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Following credentialing procedures, if there are disputes on the seating of specific county convention delegates, they will be taken up by the county convention credentialing committees.
"I would like to thank the campaigns and local party leadership for working so hard on caucus night and in the following days to ensure that our results are accurate,” said IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire. “I am extremely proud of the collaborative relationship we have with all parties involved, and together we have made updates at five precincts, affecting only five county convention delegates out of more than 11,000 elected on Caucus night.
“We are proud of the more than 171,000 Iowa Democrats who came out to caucus on Monday night for our fantastic candidates and in support of the Democratic values of inclusion, opportunity, and equality. After every caucus, the party goes through a self-examination process to discuss what went right, and what can be improved upon. It's through this process that this year we launched our first ever Tele-Caucus and satellite caucuses, after we had listened to Iowans telling us we needed to take proactive steps to expand participation.
“This process will continue this year, and in conjunction with our State Central Committee, our partners and our allies, I will convene a committee to ensure we can improve on our caucus process while preserving what makes it special.
“We look forward to our county conventions in March.”

Democratic National Committee


February 1, 2016

Contact: DNC Press Office

DNC Chair Statement on the Results of the Iowa Caucuses

WASHINGTON – DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on the results of the Iowa Caucuses:


“Tonight was a huge success for Democrats, who gathered with their neighbors all across Iowa for a competitive race defined by voters’ enthusiasm and energy to send a strong message: we must keep America moving forward.


“Primary season is officially underway, and based on tonight’s caucuses, it’s clear heading into New Hampshire that the Republican Party lost tonight. The top three Republican finishers in Iowa represent the far right - entirely out of touch with the vast majority of the American people.


“Whether it’s because of Ted Cruz’s history as a government-shutdown ideologue, Marco Rubio’s rise on the back of the Tea Party, or Donald Trump’s deep dive into the mud of offensive rhetoric, the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan is unrecognizable.


“Tonight’s caucus results have set the stage for a general election with a clear choice: a Democrat who will energize voters with a substantive message for growing the middle class and expanding opportunity so everyone has a fair shot, or a Republican doom-and-gloom candidate who promises to drag the country backward.”



Hillary for America

Statement on Hillary Clinton's Victory in the Iowa Caucus

Hillary for America's Iowa State Director Matt Paul released the following statement following Hillary Clinton's victory in tonight's Iowa Caucus:

"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.  Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton's advantage."

For Immediate Release, February 2, 2016

Martin O'Malley for President

Memorandum RE: Tonight's Caucus Results & the O'Malley Campaign

To: Interested Parties

From: David Hamrick, O'Malley for President Campaign Manager

Date: February 1, 2016

Governor O’Malley ran a strong, bold, and honorable campaign in a very challenging year. Entering the race as an unknown, he always faced long odds—especially against a candidate as universally known as Secretary Clinton.
Governor O’Malley’s presence added great value to the Democratic race:

·      Despite enormous fundraising challenges, he built a professional operation and was able to hang in through the Iowa caucuses;

·      He put forward the most detailed, progressive policy vision of any of the candidates;

·      His leadership early on policy was credited with moving both Sanders and Clinton to adopt more progressive policy stances on issues like climate change, gun safety, and immigration reform;

·      He showed bold moral leadership throughout the race—he was the first Democrat to take on Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric, to stand up for refugees seeking asylum and for American Muslims in the wake of the Paris attacks, and to call out the DNC on the undemocratic debate process,

·      While Republican and Democratic candidates spent the days leading up to the Iowa caucus running negative ads and attacking each other, he remained focused on putting forward a positive vision for the country;

·      He campaigned the “Iowa way”—giving voters and media unfettered access to him—and holding more events and spending more time in the state than any other candidate. In total, he spent 57 days in the state and held 153 events;

·      He stayed true to who he is—never reinventing himself, remaking his image, or resetting his campaign.

While he suspended his campaign this evening, he plans to continue to play a forceful role in the Democratic Party and the national debate going forward. Throughout this campaign, he heard from voters about how they’re working harder and still falling behind, how the costs of college and health care continue to rise, and how they’re struggling to retire with dignity. These challenges underscore the high stakes of this election, and how Democrats must win the White House and downballot races and continue to build on President Obama’s legacy.
Just as importantly, he plans to fight forcefully against Republicans’ attempts to distort the President’s record, their dangerous and divisive rhetoric, and their policy schemes that would have disastrous consequences for virtually everyone in America, short of millionaires and billionaires.
Although it might not have been Governor O’Malley’s year and while the results of tonight’s caucus are disappointing, he leaves the race with an enhanced national profile and proved himself to be a well-liked figure and positive force within in the Democratic Party. We could not be prouder of him and all that his candidacy represented, and we believe strongly that his voice will be a compelling one within the Party in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

Lis Smith
Bernie 2016
February 1, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs 

Sanders and Clinton Fight to Draw in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a come-from-behind campaign for the history books, Bernie Sanders on Monday fought to a virtual draw with Hillary Clinton in Iowa’s precinct caucuses

“Nine months ago we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the country,” Sanders said. “Tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie,” he added. “It looks like we’ll have about half of the Iowa delegates.”

Sanders was headed overnight to New Hampshire, where polls published on Sunday put the U.S. senator from Vermont up by 20 points or more over the former secretary of state.

The Iowa caucuses came nine months after he launched his White House campaign as a 41-point underdog in Iowa to Clinton, who had been all but coronated by pundits and the party establishment.

Earlier Monday, Sanders thanked volunteers at his Iowa campaign headquarters. “This is a national campaign. We are in this to win at the convention. We're taking this all of the way," he told reporters gathered outside a red-white-and-blue campaign bus that he used to travel across the Hawkeye State.

Sanders message combined exhortations about the country’s corrupt campaign finance system and rigged economy. “I’m very proud to tell you that we are the only candidate on the Democratic side without a super PAC,” he said.

Sanders credited his success in Iowa to some 15,000 volunteers who helped bring out young people, working-class supporters and disaffected voters who were drawn to his campaign in large numbers and defied pundits’ predictions that they would not turn out at the caucuses.

Sanders’ message combined exhortations about the country’s rigged economy propped up by a corrupt campaign finance system and a long list of detailed policy proposals.

He called for universal health care and tuition-free public colleges and universities. He wants to break up big Wall Street banks, put millions of Americans to work rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges and strengthen Social Security. He wants to implement a fair and humane immigration policy that will bring millions of aspiring Americans out of the shadows and keep families together. He opposes trade deals that have shuttered factories and thrown millions of Americans out of work. He has the boldest plan to combat the planetary crisis of climate change. He vowed to protect a woman's right to choose and ensure equal pay for equal work. And he detailed a comprehensive criminal justice reform package as part of a plan to combat institutional racism.
Correct the Record [pro-Clinton]
CONTACT: Correct The Record
Adrienne Watson / Daniel Wessel


Washington, DC – Correct The Record President Brad Woodhouse released the following statement in response to tonight’s Iowa caucus results.
“The Iowa caucus results represent a significant and hard-fought win for Hillary Clinton,” said Brad Woodhouse, President of Correct The Record. “After more than a year of vicious and sustained attacks by Republicans, biased media reporting, an admittedly politically motivated congressional investigation and an increasingly negative campaign waged by her main rival for the Democratic nomination, Secretary Clinton overcame it all to win the first nominating contest of the 2016 race."
“Those who supported Secretary Clinton did so because they know that she is a progressive who will get things done, that she is the right person to build on the progress we have made, that she is prepared to be Commander-in-Chief on day one and that her proposals will produce actual results in everyday people’s lives.  Those voters also recognized that Secretary Clinton is the candidate who is best positioned to take on the Republicans in the fall whose extreme, hateful and divisive rhetoric and positions would be a disaster for families hoping for a brighter more prosperous futures.  
“Secretary Clinton is committed to making a real difference in people’s lives and her progressive policies and message of opportunity and inclusivity connected with thousands of voters in Iowa and will continue to resonate in New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond.”

Correct The Record is a strategic research and rapid response team designed to defend Hillary Clinton from baseless attacks.

Correct The Record ∙ http://correctrecord.org/∙ Facebook ∙ @CorrectRecord


Iowa Republican Party

February 3, 2016

Contact: Charlie Szold

RELEASE: Iowa GOP Certified Caucus Results

DES MOINES - The Iowa GOP released fully certified caucus results today, including the final delegate allocation.

1. Ted Cruz - 51,666
2. Donald Trump - 45,429
3. Marco Rubio - 43,228
4. Ben Carson - 17,394
5. Rand Paul - 8,481
6. Jeb Bush - 5,238
7. Carly Fiorina - 3,485
8. John Kasich - 3,474
9. Mike Huckabee - 3,345
10. Chris Christie - 3,284
11. Rick Santorum - 1,779
12. Other - 117
13. Jim Gilmore - 12 
GRAND TOTAL - 186,932


The initial reporting process on February 1st was followed by an official certification process, relying on paper forms filled out, signed, and submitted to the Iowa GOP by each precinct chair. This process took more than two weeks in 2012, but through additional training and staff, we have cut certification time to under 48 hours. This final certified tally determines delegate apportionment.

Delegate Apportionment

Based on caucus results, and only if more than one candidate is placed into nomination at the Republican National Committee’s National Convention, Iowa will cast its 30 delegates accordingly:

Ted Cruz - 8
Donald Trump - 7
Marco Rubio - 7
Ben Carson - 3
Rand Paul - 1
Jeb Bush - 1
Carly Fiorina - 1
John Kasich - 1
Mike Huckabee - 1
Chris Christie - 0
Rick Santorum - 0
Jim Gilmore - 0

*Iowa’s delegates are only bound on the first ballot. If only one candidate is placed into nomination, the Iowa delegation will cast its entire vote for that person.

Statement from Chairman Jeff Kaufmann

It took years of preparation, thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of county trainings to make the 2016 caucuses a success, and this evening it is our pleasure to announce the final, certified results. Thank you to the record-breaking 187,000 Iowans who participated, our candidates, and the volunteers who made it possible. The Iowa caucuses represent the best of our democracy and serve an incredibly important role in keeping the men and women running for president grounded in the everyday issues of the American people.”

Republican National Committee

RNC Statement On Iowa Caucus Results

WASHINGTON  – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus released the following statement on the Iowa caucus results:
“Tonight was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party. The Democrat establishment wanted a coronation for Clinton but is now facing the very real prospect that a self-proclaimed socialist could be their party’s nominee. Tonight was a clear statement that Democrat primary voters find Clinton’s hypocrisy and scandals so unpalatable that they are willing to vote for an unelectable 74 year-old socialist from Vermont. With damaging new developments breaking in her email scandal and an all-but-certain loss next week in New Hampshire, the Clinton campaign drastically underperformed when they desperately needed to over deliver."


Carson America
February 2, 2016

Statement on Behalf of Dr. Ben Carson re: Senator Cruz's Apology for Campaign Caucus Tactics

Alexandria, Virginia — February 2, 2016 – "Dr. Carson has accepted Senator Cruz's apology issued earlier this afternoon, said A. Larry Ross, Communications Director for Ben Carson for President 2016. These 'dirty tricks' political tactics are part of the reason Dr. Carson got into this race and reflect the 'Washington values' of win at all cost -- regardless of the damage to the country -- which he is trying to change. This incident further demonstrates that we need an individual who is not a politician to lead and to heal our nation, not someone driven by ambition. 
"Dr. Carson will continue to work tirelessly toward reforming the system, restoring faith in the integrity of the electoral process and giving government back to 'We the People.' He invites Senator Cruz and all of the candidates who profess to reject politics as usual to join him in conducting a race worthy of American ideals and respectful of the American people. He is looking forward to continuing his campaign in New Hampshire, South Carolina and beyond." 
A. Larry Ross
February 1, 2016

Statement from Dr. Ben Carson on Iowa Caucus Results;

Candidate Condemns Opponent’s Dirty Tricks

DES MOINES, Iowa, February 1, 2016 -- I am grateful for the confidence Iowans have placed in me, as tonight we defeated three former sitting governors and two previous Iowa Caucus winners. Regardless of how the media has attempted to marginalize me and my campaign, I still have the highest favorability rating and have remained among the leading candidates in every major survey.

For months, my campaign has survived the lies and dirty tricks from opponents who profess to detest the games of the political class, but in reality are masters at it. Even tonight, my opponents resorted to political tricks by tweeting, texting and telling precinct captains to announce that I had suspended my campaign - in some cases asking caucus goers to change their votes.

One of the reasons I got into this race was to stop these deceptive and destructive practices, and these reports have only further steeled my resolve to continue and fight for ‘We The People,’ and return control of the government back to them.

I want to thank Ryan Rhodes, Iowa State Director, who has led an incredible team of staff and volunteers. His leadership and their commitment to building a strong ground game will provide the momentum needed to move forward to the next state contests, in New Hampshire, South Carolina - and beyond.


Larry Ross
Communications Director
February 1, 2016 rec'd 9:23 PM

Statement from Carson for President Communications Director Larry Ross

Contrary to false media reports, Dr. Ben Carson is not suspending his presidential campaign, which is stronger than ever. After spending 18 consecutive days on the campaign trail, Dr. Carson needs to go home and get a fresh set of clothes. He will be departing Des Moines later tonight to avoid the snow storm and will be back on the trail Wednesday. We look forward to tonight's caucus results and to meaningful debates in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Jason Osborne

Marco Rubio for President

Memo To Supporters From Rubio Campaign Manager

To: Team Marco and Interested Parties

From: Terry Sullivan, Rubio Campaign Manager
Date: February 2, 2016
Subject: 6 Takeaways From Last Night

Last night was a great night for Marco and just the first step in what will be a long nominating process that moved to New Hampshire when he landed in Manchester last night. What we witnessed in Iowa yesterday was the result of the strength of Marco’s candidacy, a vision for a New American Century that resonated across a broad spectrum of caucus-goers, and a campaign built from the ground-up over the last few months that was ready to persuade and turn out the vote.

Here are 6 key takeaways from last night:

1) The Delegate count: After last night, Marco has earned 7 delegates to Ted Cruz’s 8 and Donald Trump’s 7.

2) Marco is the strongest candidate in the race: Marco is the most compelling candidate with the best message. We knew that when people saw Marco at his events and heard his message, they would join the campaign. As CNN wrote this morning, “Marco-mentum is real.” And last night’s results are even more remarkable when considering the onslaught of negative advertising Marco faced from the Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush campaigns and Super PACs. To put this in perspective, the Jeb Bush campaign and Super PAC alone exposed the average Iowa resident to more than 34 minutes of 30-second attack ads against Marco. Yet throughout that, Marco’s favorability and broad appeal remained untarnished and compelling for voters who decided late.

3) A ground game meticulously built, seldom talked about: Over the last few months, the campaign had built a significant ground game in Iowa that we didn’t talk about. Over the last month, we made 200,000 voter contacts. In the last four days, we knocked on 10,000 doors. This on-the-ground campaign was complemented with a significant digital effort, especially on Facebook. We knew exactly the voters who were inclined to support Marco, identified more than 30,000 pro-Marco voters, and targeted a defined persuasion universe through a combined phone, door, digital, and friend-to-friend campaign.

4) Assembling a broad coalition: On the way to his strong finish in Iowa, Marco assembled a broad coalition of voters. According to entrance polls, Marco won 21% of those who considered themselves Evangelical. The significance of that could be seen in counties like Sioux County where Marco over-performed our vote goals. Of the 27% of caucus-goers who said the economy and jobs were their top issue, Marco won with 30%, beating even Donald Trump. And Marco carried those who decided in just the past few days. Of the 16% who decided just on Caucus Day, Marco won that category with 28%. Of those who decided “in the last few days,” Marco won with 31%.

5) A candidate who can defeat the Democrats is important to voters: Marco’s message resonated with Iowa voters as we approached Caucus Day. Of the 21% of caucus-goers who said “can win in November” was the one quality that mattered most to them, Marco won with an astounding 44% over Trump’s 24% and Cruz’s 22%.

6) A campaign in action: One story from Urbandale highlights Marco’s campaign in action on Caucus night. A woman attending her caucus last night unexpectedly filled in for a Marco speaker. Quickly accessing digital talking points from the campaign, she helped carry her precint with 152 Rubio votes, more than Cruz and Trump combined. Check out this series of tweets that captured what happened:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         Alex Conant/Brooke Sammon
February 2, 2016       

Marco's Big Night

Marcomentum was on full display last night in Iowa

What They Are Saying Today...

CNN: “Marco-mentum is real.” Rubio finished a strong third place with 23% support -- very nearly nipping Trump for second place. ... Two good signs for Rubio: He got boosts from late deciders, about 3 in 10 of whom broke in his favor, and from those who value electability, winning 4 in 10 of those voters, according to early entrance polls. He is also set to pick up the endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, brightening Rubio's outlook in the state that follows New Hampshire.

NBC’s Chuck Todd on "Today": “Nobody was attacked more in paid media … than Marco Rubio. And look what he ended up doing.” TODD: But if you're Marco Rubio, they’ve been coming. It’s unbelievable. Nobody was attacked more in paid media – in the mailboxes, on the televisions – than Marco Rubio. And look what he ended up doing. So on one hand, you got to be very impressed at his resilience.

National Review Online: “The Rubio Comeback.” Rubio would emerge from the Iowa caucuses on Monday evening with more momentum that the winner, Ted Cruz. ... And so, while Cruz may have won the caucuses, which he needed to do, Rubio did something his campaign considers more important: He defied expectations.

The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips: “Rubio perhaps almost as much as Cruz can call Monday a win.” Instead, Rubio came in a very strong third — a third that was very nearly second, as he crept up on Trump's vote total. In Monday's Iowa GOP caucuses, Cruz got 28 percent of the vote, Trump 24 percent and Rubio 23 percent. Rubio came within a couple hundred supporters of piercing the impenetrable bubble thought to be around Cruz and Trump — and on the two leaders' own political turf, no less. He over-performed expectations, and for that, Rubio perhaps almost as much as Cruz can call Monday a win.

Politico’s Eli Stokols: “Claim momentum as the race turns to New Hampshire.” After Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll showed Rubio at 15 percent, the surprise 23 percent support he received Monday night is more than enough to claim momentum as the race turns to New Hampshire this week where he will make the case that he can be the establishment’s alternative to Trump and Cruz if mainstream Republicans consolidate behind him.

The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes: "In the end, Iowa did at least as much for Rubio as it did for Cruz." Rubio pulled himself out of the pack of long-shot candidates and sure losers in the large GOP field – by itself, an important achievement.​ In the end, Iowa did at least as much for Rubio as it did for Cruz.

ABC News: “Rubio surged despite facing millions of dollars in targeted attack ads from Right to Rise.” Rubio surged despite facing millions of dollars in targeted attack ads from Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting his former mentor and current GOP rival, Jeb Bush. In recent weeks, Bush sharpened his criticism of Rubio as his poll numbers slumped. Rubio took note of the divisiveness in his speech on Monday night. “When I am our nominee, we are going to unify this party, and we are going to unify the conservative movement,” Rubio said.

Washington Post's Ruth Marcus: Rubio the real winner The real winners were Marco Rubio, with his remarkably strong third-place showing, and Bernie Sanders, with his virtual tie. ... On the Republican side, the Iowa results put Rubio in a strong position to break away.

USA Today: "The fact is, Rubio's third-place victory was an eye-opener." Most polls over the past month had shown Rubio in the low- to mid-teens in Iowa, more than a dozen points behind Trump. ... The theory has been all along that Trump and Cruz would slug it out for the anti-establishment vote, while Rubio would grapple with others like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. On Monday night, Rubio received more than three times the total votes of those other three candidates combined.

Business Insider: "Marco Rubio roared to an impressive finish just behind Donald Trump" Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) has strongly outperformed expectations for Monday's Iowa caucuses. Rubio was widely expected to finish third, but current results have him just one point behind Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

TIME: "Rubio's Iowa performance as a victory" Experts have described Rubio’s Iowa performance as a victory that turns the wide Republican field.

'There Is A New Word For Your Political Vocabulary: It Is Marcomentum'


Iowa Secretary of State

CONTACT: Kevin Hall

Communications Director

(515) 725-2942

Iowa Caucuses Boosting Party Voter Registrations

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Iowa Republican and Democratic parties have seen substantial gains in voter registration over the past few days and throughout the month prior to the Iowa Caucuses. Almost 1,500 Iowans have registered vote for in the past four days. As of 8:43 am, February 1, the morning of the Iowa Caucus, here are the latest voter registration numbers:

February 1

Democrats: 586,835
Republicans: 615,763
No Party: 727,112
Other: 7,607
Total: 1,937,317

January 27

Democrats: 586,211
Republicans: 615,066
No Party: 726,999
Other: 7,597
Total: 1,935,873

Increases by Party from January 27-February 1

Democrats: +624
Republicans: +697
No Party: +113
Other: +10
Totals: +1,444

Both the Republican and Democratic parties saw significant increases in voter registration from the previous month’s totals. Here are the numbers from the beginning of January:

January 4

Democrats: 584,111
Republicans: 612,112
No Party: 726,819
Other: 7,555
Totals: 1,930,597

Increases by Party from  January 4-February 1

Democrats: +2,724
Republicans: +3,651
No Party: +293
Other: +52
Total: +6,720

“These numbers indicate Iowans are engaged in the Iowa Caucus process and are anxious to cast their ballot for the presidential candidate of their choice. I encourage all eligible Iowans to participate in the Caucuses tonight,” Secretary Pate said. “I also want to remind Iowans that they can register to vote or update their registration information at their precinct location. If you need to do that, please give yourself extra time by arriving early. The Caucuses start at 7 pm.”

All of the monthly voter registration totals are available on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at this link. Click on ‘February’ under ‘2016’ for the latest information: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regstat.html.

Kevin Hall
Communications Director
Office of Iowa Secretary of State Paul D. Pate

See also: Caucus Night