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John Grause, top right, precinct captain for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, sits with voters during a Democratic party caucus in Nevada, Iowa, Feb. 1, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Iowa entrance poll results: What happened among Democrats

02/02/16 01:05AM

As the field winnows to just Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on the ballot for the Democratic primary in New Hampshire next week, ideological and issue differences should be even more pronounced than they were in Iowa on Monday. New Hampshire's open primary will also engage more independent voters.Solid majorities of married women,... read more

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., celebrates with his audience at a caucus night, Feb. 1, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Paul Sancya/AP)

Iowa entrance poll results: Rubio's good night

02/01/16 11:53PM

Marco Rubio didn't win the night in Iowa, coming in third at the caucuses with 23 percent behind Donald Trump at 24 percent and Ted Cruz at 28 percent. But he certainly set his campaign on a positive trajectory as the race heads to New Hampshire.The Florida senator was the clear favorite of caucus-goers who were most concerned about... read more

Senator Ted Cruz greets supporters at rally in Ames, Ia., Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Ted Cruz wins Iowa GOP caucus, fending off Trump and Rubio

02/01/16 10:45PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the hotly contested Iowa Republican caucus on Monday night, according to NBC News projections, fending off a tough challenge from Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who results show in a tight race for second place.The caucus was the first battle in a bitter civil war within the Republican Party... read more

Senator Ted Cruz greets supporters at rally in Ames, Ia., Jan. 30, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Ted Cruz is projected to win the Iowa Republican caucus

02/01/16 10:40PM

NBC News projects that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will win the Iowa Republican caucuses. The Democratic race remains too close to call.Cruz bested Trump and Florida Senator Marco Rubio with the rest of the field trailing further behind.Cruz, who lagged in the polls behind Donald Trump in the final days heading into the caucus, pulled out an upset over... read more

Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stands backstage before speaking at a town hall at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, Jan. 27, 2016. (Photo by Patrick Semansky/AP)

Martin O'Malley suspends his presidential campaign

02/01/16 10:15PM

DES MOINES, Iowa – Martin O’Malley suspended his longshot Democratic presidential campaign Monday night as early results showed he gained little traction in the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, a state to which his campaign pinned their hopes.  O’Malley’s candidacy, despite initial high hopes and strong a resume, failed to launch from the... read more

Supporters react as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign event at Grand View University Jan. 31, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty)

For Gen Z, Bernie Sanders answers the ‘how’ of policy-making

02/01/16 07:34PM

The Iowa caucuses tonight will turn on a number of factors: Will the unseasonably warm weather hold up? Which campaigns have the strongest ground game? And will turnout be closer to the lackluster result in 2004 or the record finish in 2008? For Bernie Sanders, it could also come down to whether his supporters, particularly his... read more

A vendor sells merchandise outside a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the airport on Jan. 29, 2016 in Dubuque, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Donald Trump dropped $378,000 on ‘Make America Great Again’ hats in 2015’s final quarter

02/01/16 06:33PM

Donald Trump’s campaign spent $378,069 on his “Make America Great Again” hats in the last three months of 2015, and he’s footing most of the bill, according to Trump’s 2015 fourth quarter report filed Sunday to the Federal Elections Commission.The report also said the Republican presidential nominee spent a total of $6.6 million from Oct. 1... read more

Will college students be Bernie's secret weapon?

02/01/16 05:36PM

For Bernie Sanders, there is one potentially important factor that could aid his campaign at Monday's caucuses - today's date. This year Iowa is voting on February 1, about a month later than in 2008 and 2012, when the caucuses were held on January 3.Why is that better for Sanders? Because Colleges and Universities across the state are... read more

Supports wait to attend a Hillary Clinton rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 29, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Tales from the trail: It's the final countdown in Iowa

02/01/16 05:12PM

Want to know what the NBC News Embeds saw? Follow their daily journey to the inside of the 2016 presidential campaign here:Cruz Completes the 'Full Grassley'JEFFERSON, Iowa -- Hours before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz visited his 99th county in the Hawkeye State and completed the "Full Grassley" -- the name coming from... read more

Donald Trump holds a town hall event in Council Bluffs, Ia., Jan. 31, 2016. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

On caucus day, Donald Trump's rally draws a lackluster crowd

02/01/16 02:39PM

WATERLOO, Iowa — Absent were the usual frenzied Trump fans clamoring to get in to a packed event hall. Instead, Trump’s rally on caucus day morning was unusually lackluster, attended by a crowd far less raucous than his usual steadfast supporters. Combined with a cavernous, beige-walled room, the air felt a little dead for Trump’s first rally of... read more

Donald Trump speaks at his event to raise money for veterans organizations in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Mark Peterson/Redux for MSNBC)

Steele: Has the time come to accept Trump as the likely GOP nominee?

02/01/16 10:57AM

In the hours before the voting begins and on the heels of the most recent Republican debate in Iowa, two immediate takeaways come to mind: (1) now you know what a GOP debate without Trump looks, feels and sounds like; and (2) you also now appreciate just how much Donald Trump has changed the trajectory of the 2016 presidential contest.In "... read more