Iowa democratic caucus still in virtual tie

Added On February 4, 2016

The U.S. Republican Party (GOP) is now running a three-man race for the nomination to run for president in 2016, as Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio emerged as the top three in Iowa caucuses Monday. But who will clinch final victory is still anybody's game. 

Cruz, the conservative senator from Texas, won Iowa with 27.6 percent of the Republican vote, followed by Trump's 24.3 percent and Rubio's 23.1 percent.
It was a surprise defeat for Trump, the controversial real estate mogul who had been shown in the lead in most polls ahead of the Iowa caucuses. A confident Trump even skipped the crucial GOP presidential debate on Thursday hosted by the Fox News.
Concerns about the income gap and economic insecurity have also helped Democratic left-wing candidate Senator Bernie Sanders who narrowly lost to Clinton, in Iowa.
The candidates' next test is the primary to be held next week in the state of New Hampshire, which is not as religious as Iowa and has a different set of voters with different priorities.
For decades, the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary have been running ahead of primary elections in other states, and the results of the two events have long been widely regarded as early indication of which candidates might win the final nomination.