Ted Cruz Iowa Caucus
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks, with his wife Heidi Cruz by his side, after winning at his Iowa caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. Reuters
  • The first-in-the-nation caucus in Iowa tonight (1 February) began at 7pm CST/1am GMT. There is no end time for the caucuses.
  • There are 1,681 precincts that will hold caucuses. Of those, Democrats hold 1,100 and Republicans hold 900. Democrats will also hold a "tele-caucus" for voters living overseas and "satellite caucuses" at different locations that have a number of employees working overnight shifts.
  • For a complete breakdown of how the caucuses work, check out our complete guide to the Iowa caucus.
  • Results are expected to begin coming in around 10pm CST/11pm EST/4am GMT.
  • Note for all caucusgoers: You can register on caucus night and choose either party.


★ Iowa Caucus winner


With no end in sight for the nail bitting race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, we wrap up our live coverage of the Iowa Caucus. The first caucus of the 2016 presidential election saw an upset win by Texas Senator Ted Cruz over frontrunner Donald Trump and the campaign suspension of two candidates: Martin O'Malley (Democrat) and Mike Huckabee (Republican).

Be sure to join us again at the next key event: the New Hampshire Primary on 9 February.


With slightly over 95% reported on the Democratic side, it is still too close to call. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders remain in a dead tie and are officially the last two candidates following Martin O'Malley's campaign suspension.


I have been criticized in this campaign for many, many things, every single day. That's OK. That's OK. But let me repeat what I believe. I believe at a time when every major country on earth guarantees health care to people as a right – I believe we should do the same thing in the USA.

-Bernie Sanders


"It looks like we are in a virtual tie," says Bernie Sanders to supporters.


So how many delegates will each candidate take? We break it down:

(30 Republican delegates and 44 Democratic delegates)


  • Ted Cruz: 8
  • Donald Trump: 7
  • Marco Rubio: 6
  • Ben Carson: 2
  • Rand Paul: 1


  • Hillary Clinton: 22
  • Bernie Sanders: 21


Tonight was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party.

- Reince Priebus (Chairman, Republican National Committee)


Ohio Governor and Republican hopeful John Kasich (who nabbed 1.9% in Iowa tonight) sends his best wishes to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.


Hillary Clinton takes the stage.



Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media.

-Sen. Ted Cruz gives his victory speech


With 89.77% reporting, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is the predicted winner of the Iowa Caucus for the Republican Party. However, with 90.72% reporting on the Democratic side, it remains too close to tell.


Democrat Martin O'Malley, who suspended his campaign tonight, gives his concession speech and shares stories from the campaign trail. Calls for immigration reform and gun control.

Tonight I am suspending this bid, but I am not ending this fight.


Donald Trump gives his concession speech: "Thank you very much, I love you people, I love you people," he begins.



Listen to Marco Rubio give his speech after nabbing a surprise 3rd place win.


So this is the moment they said will never happen.

- Marco Rubio speaking to supporters in Iowa


BREAKING: Another candidate down. Republican Mike Huckabee has announced that he is officially suspended his campaign.



BREAKING: Several news outlets reporting Democrat Martin O'Malley has ended his presidential bid.


The more you know:


Fun fact #2: The last two Republican winners of the Iowa Caucus—Rick Santorum (2012) and Mike Huckabee (2008)—did not win their party's nomination. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination in 2012, while Senator John McCain was nominated in 2008.


Fun fact: The last two Democratic winners of the Iowa Caucus—Barack Obama (2008) and John Kerry (2004)—won their party's nomination for the presidential race. Could the same be true for tonight's winner?


Clinton and Cruz continue to maintain their leads with nearly 50% reporting on the Democratic side and almost 25% reporting on the Republican side. However, it is too soon to declare a winner on either side.


Initial caucus results reveal little surprises. On the Democrats side, Clinton is enjoying an early lead over Sanders. While long-shot candidate O'Malley is not even registering 1%. On the GOP side, Cruz is leading Trump by a small margin, with Rubio trailing behind in third place.