2016 Elections

Iowa Clarifies Cruz's Strengths and Vulnerabilities

The Texas senator has to do better with non-evangelical conservatives in other states.

A victory, period.

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Journalists have an unfortunate tendency, when it comes to big political stories, to prove their savvy by going counterintuitive. A lot of them are saying that the “real winner” of the Iowa caucuses is Senator Marco Rubio, even though he came in third. And Rubio did have a good night. But it’s worth dwelling on the possibility that the real winner might instead be the guy who won, Senator Ted Cruz.

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