With 99% of the vote in, Fox News is calling the Iowa Caucus for Ted Cruz. Cruz has earned 28% of the vote with Trump at 24% while Rubio on his heels at 23%.
Cruz's win is astonishing given longtime Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad's edict to Hawkeyes not to vote for him for his opposition to ethanol subsidies. But he did have Steve King in his corner as well as a very strong organization.
It would appear that Donald Trump's decision to skip last week's debate in Des Moines cost him dearly. In fact, as I argued last week, it has to go down as one of the biggest blunders in the history of presidential politics.
In fact, Trump finished with only a little over 2,000 more votes than Marco Rubio. For voters unimpressed with Trump skipping the debate but not wanting to support Cruz, Rubio became a viable alternative. Being afraid of Megyn Kelly comes with a price.