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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters on February 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa.Credit: AFP
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Sanders: Close results in Iowa a 'political revolution'

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed supporters in Iowa saying that while the result is still too close to call in his race against former secratary of state Hillary Clinton, voters in the state had brought about a major change in U.S. politics.

"What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution," he said to cheers. "It looks like we are in a virtual tie." 

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and his wave Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 2, 2016. Credit: AP

Clinton 'breathes sigh of relief' after Iowa caucuses

Hillary Clinton says she's excited for the campaign debate ahead with Bernie Sanders now that they're the only two candidates left in the Democratic presidential primary.

It's too close to call right now in Monday night's Iowa caucuses. But there's already been a big development: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has dropped out of the race.

Clinton tells supporters that she's breathing a big sigh of relief. She says Democrats have a clear idea about what their campaign stands for and what's best for the country.

Hillary Clinton after the Iowa caucuses, Feb. 2, 2016.Credit: AP

Trump 'honored' by second-place Iowa finish

Donald Trump says he's honored by what he's calling his second-place finish in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses.

Trump is speaking at an event with supporters after Ted Cruz was declared the winner of the Monday night contest — the first of the 2016 election.

Trump says that when he started the campaign, he was advised not to compete in Iowa because he couldn't finish in the top 10. Trump says he felt he had to do it and wanted to give it a shot.

Trump is congratulating Cruz and the other candidates. He says he thinks he'll win the New Hampshire primary next week and that he will go on to be the GOP nominee and win the White House.

Donald Trump after losing the Iowa caucuses, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Mike Huckabee to suspend his presidential campaign

Mike Huckabee suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday night, the former Arkansas governor announced on Twitter after garnering little support in the Iowa caucuses. 

"I am officially suspending my campaign," he said on Twitter. "Thank you for all your loyal support." 

Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008, had less than 2 percent of the vote on Monday with 85 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Iowa Republican Party. (Reuters)

Ted Cruz projected to win Iowa's Republican caucuses

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa's Republican presidential nominating contest on Monday, dealing a big upset to the national front-runner in the race to be their party's White House nominee in 2016. 

Cruz, a conservative lawmaker from Texas, won with 28 percent of the vote compared to 24 percent for businessman Trump, according to MSNBC. 

Marco Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, came in third place with 23 percent, making him easily the leader among establishment Republican candidates. 

A screen shows CNN projecting U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will win the Iowa caucus in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016Credit: Reuters

Martin O'Malley to suspend campaign

Democrat Martin O'Malley has suspended his presidential campaign.

The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor never gained traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Word about O'Malley's move comes from people familiar with his decision. They weren't authorized to discuss it publicly and requested anonymity.

O'Malley campaigned as a can-do chief executive who pushed through key parts of the Democratic agenda in Maryland. They included gun control, support for gay marriage and an increase in the minimum wage.

But O'Malley struggled to raise money and was polling in the single-digits for months despite campaigning actively in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Martin O'Malley in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton hold slim leads in Iowa

Ted Cruz had a slight advantage over Donald Trump while Democrat Hillary Clinton held a small lead over rival Bernie Sanders on Monday in Iowa's presidential nominating contest, the first in the 2016 race for the White House. 

Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, led the billionaire businessman 29 percent to 25.6 percent with 44 percent of the precincts reporting results in the Midwestern U.S. state. 

Clinton, a former secretary of state, held a lead of 50.8 percent compared to 48.6 percent for Sanders, a self-styled democratic socialist U.S. senator from Vermont, with 64 percent of the precincts reporting. (Reuters)

A Ted Cruz supporter outside a campaign event in Jefferson, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Ben Carson to leave Iowa earlier than planned

Ben Carson plans to trade the cold of Iowa for the warmer Florida for a few days.

A campaign spokesman says the Republican presidential candidate is heading home to West Palm Beach after the Iowa caucuses.

Carson plans to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Thursday and then will head to New Hampshire.

The plan is to leave Iowa on Monday night in hopes of getting ahead of a winter storm.

"Not standing down" — that's what spokesman Jason Osborne posted on Carson's twitter feed. (AP)

Ben Carson in Manchester, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.Credit: AFP

Health, economy among top issues for Iowa Democrats

Early arrivals at Iowa's Democratic caucus sites are split among health care, the economy and income inequality as the top issue facing the country.

That's according to preliminary results of an entrance poll at caucus locations.

Almost 3 in 10 say experience is the most important quality in deciding which candidate to back. What's next? Honesty and someone who cares about people like them.

Six in 10 say the next president should continue President Barack Obama's policies.

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 40 randomly selected sites for Democratic caucuses in Iowa. (AP)

Both races too close to call after first entrance polls

Both Democratic, Republican races too close to call, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump holding slight leads after first wave of entrance polls.

A caucus site in Clive, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: AP

Republican or Democrat — Jeb Bush is criticizing them all

Republican or Democrat — Jeb Bush is criticizing them all.

President Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump. Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio.

Bush tells supporters in New Hampshire that Obama is "a failed president." And the former Florida governor is hitting Trump — though not by name — for "insulting" his way toward the presidency.

The latest statewide polls in New Hampshire show Bush in a fight for second place. Trump holds a commanding lead. (AP)

Jeb Bush in Manchester, New Hampshire, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: AFP

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) to endorse Marco Rubio

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott to endorse Marco Rubio, Politico reports.

Paul Ryan, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Tim Scott, Jan. 9, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Entrance polls show deep dissatisfaction with federal government

Early arrivals at Iowa's Republican caucus sites are deeply unhappy with how the federal government is working.

That's according to preliminary results of an entrance poll of those arriving at caucus locations.

Four in 10 say they're angry. One-half say they're dissatisfied.

Almost 4 in 10 say the most important quality in a candidate is someone who shares their values.

Also, 2 in 10 want someone who can bring needed change.

The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 40 randomly selected sites for Democratic and Republican caucuses in Iowa. (AP)

Donald and Melania Trump at a caucus in West Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

NBC News says both races 'too early to call'

The Iowa caucuses have officially begun. NBC News entrance polls deem both races 'too early to call' at this stage, but cites "indications" of Trump and Clinton leads.

Trump predicts 'tremendous victory' ahead of Iowa caucuses

Even before Iowa's caucuses get underway, Donald Trump is predicting "a tremendous victory."

That's his message to supporters in a hotel ballroom in Cedar Rapids.

Trump is banking on a stronger-than-usual turnout. Polling shows many potential caucus-goers are new to the process.

Some of Trump's children plan to attend caucuses around the state and promote their dad's candidacy. (AP)

Donald Trump in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Sanders or Clinton? Breaking down the Jewish celebrity vote

With the 2016 Iowa caucuses kicking off the presidential primary season on Monday, pollsters have Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders neck and neck in the state.

The all-important race for Jewish celebrity endorsements is close too. Heres a breakdown of where things stand. Read full story here

Lena Dunham and Sarah SilvermanCredit: Getty Images / JTA Photo Archvie

Christie heads to NH, says Cruz, Rubio not ready to lead

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ditched Iowa for New Hampshire, where he has focused much of his campaign. He told New Hampshire voters that Republicans shouldn't make the same mistake Democrats made in 2008: electing an inexperienced one-term senator as president who isn't ready to lead.

President Barack Obama was a first-term U.S. senator when he was elected to the White House in 2008. Like Obama — and unlike a governor like himself, Christie implied — Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz aren't ready for the big job.

"These guys have never managed anything. Rubio and Cruz have never managed a thing, yet we're thinking of making the same mistake from a leadership perspective that Democrats made eight years ago," he said.

Christie said he could've run for president four years ago, but knew he wasn't ready.

"The only think worse than running for president and losing is running for president and winning and not being ready," he said. "To put a first-term U.S. senator back in office immediately after the last seven years we've just had is crazy. These guys are not ready," he said. (AP)

Chris Christie in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Bloomberg

Sanders dominates social media conversation, Facebook says

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders dominated overall conversation about the Iowa caucuses on Facebook Inc on Monday, the social network said.

From midnight to noon CST, 42.2 percent of conversations about the caucuses was about the senator from Vermont, compared with 21.7 percent for Republican front runner Donald Trump and 13.1 percent for Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to Facebook.

The caucuses held on Monday night are where the first votes are cast for the U.S. presidential nominations and where Clinton is locked in a tight race with Sanders to become the Democratic nominee for the November election.

The Facebook data is surprising given Trump's success in using social media as a campaigning tool in his presidential bid. The real estate tycoon has been particularly active on Twitter Inc (TWTR.N), with more followers and tweets than any other candidate running for president.

Social media posts do not necessarily translate into votes, but experts in digital strategy say they can indicate levels of enthusiasm among active supporters.

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, all candidates in the Republican race, respectively accounted for 10.7 percent, 4.7 percent and 2.6 percent of Facebook conversations about the caucuses.

The top three issues discussed were the economy, same-sex marriage and State Department emails, the social network said. (Reuters)

Volunteers work at Bernie Sanders' campaign headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: AFP

Iowa temps to remain above freezing for caucuses

The National Weather Service says temperatures in Iowa are expected to remain above freezing when hundreds of thousands of people gather Monday night for the caucuses. That's great news the candidates, who have been begging their supporters to turnout to caucus.

But Meteorologist Kelsey Angle says snow will move into southwest Iowa late Monday and spread through much of the state overnight. Up to a foot of snow is forecast along with wind gusts reaching 40 mph. That could complicate the getaway plans of candidates, their campaigns and others heading to New Hampshire for the next-up primary on Feb. 9. (AP)

The Clinton family at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: AP

Trump: Knock the hell out of anyone about to throw a tomato

Republican Donald Trump is asking his supporters to keep an eye out for potential tomato-throwers at a rally in Cedar Rapids.

Trump says he was informed by security before walking onstage at his final pre-caucus rally that someone in the Doubletree Hilton ballroom might have one to lob.

He tells supporters if they see someone getting ready to throw a tomato, they should "knock the hell out of them."

He says, "I will pay for the legal fees, I promise."

Trump is working to get out the vote ahead of tonight's caucuses.

He was introduced at the rally by his most famous backer: Tea Party star Sarah Palin.

Trump is telling Iowans that it's been a pleasure campaigning in their state and is encouraging people to get out to their caucus sites tonight.

He says, "this is the day we take our country back." (AP)

Donald Trump in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: Reuters

Kasich: Rivals should call on Super PACs to take down negative ads

John Kasich says his rivals should follow his lead and call on the super PACs supporting them to take down negative advertisements.

Kasich, who is spending Monday campaigning in New Hampshire rather than Iowa, says candidates should spend the next week talking about "what they're for" rather than knocking each other down.

Kasich's campaign on Monday told the super PAC backing him not to air a negative television ad against rival Marco Rubio. Campaigns and super PACs are barred from coordinating, but the super PAC chose to replace the negative ad with a positive spot about Kasich.

Kasich, who has largely declined to hit his rivals, has started shaming them for promoting what he says are lies about his record. Many of his GOP opponents use his expansion of Medicaid in Ohio to tie him to President Barack Obama. But Kasich isn't backing down from his choice, saying it's saved lives in his home state. (AP)

John Kasich in Rochester, New Hampshire, Feb. 1, 2016.Credit: AFP

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