Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks at Green County Community Center, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Jefferson, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks at Green County Community Center, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Jefferson, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Chris Carlson

Cruz lands first blow in US as Trump vote slips

TEXAS senator Ted Cruz has pulled off an upset in the Iowa caucuses, beating billionaire Donald Trump in the first step of the race to be the Republican Party's candidate at the November 8 presidential election.

Sen Cruz (pictured) won 27.7% of the vote, ahead of Mr Trump with 24.4% and Florida senator Marco Rubio's 22.9%. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who polled poorly and was projected to finish ninth, announced he was suspending his campaign.

A triumphant Sen Cruz said: "Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media."

Addressing supporters in Iowa, Mr Trump said would still win the Republican nomination.

"On to New Hampshire (caucuses on February 9)," he said.

In the Democratic vote, Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders were in a virtual tie after 95% of precincts had reported their votes.


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