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CNN: How Cruz Won

From Theodore Schleifer writing at CNN:

In the waning days before the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz, almost always the unflappable performer, began to grow wistful.

“The wild rollercoaster ride we’ve had for the last year is going to be over,” the Texas senator told one crowd.

“It has been a bit of a circus,” he added.

Faced with the Donald Trump Show, Cruz went with an old-school Iowa strategy: Visit early. Invest in retail. Organize pastors. Tend to homeschoolers. Win the two big nods. Get outside of Des Moines.

Despite Trump’s unconventional campaign, and attacks from the billionaire that included questioning Cruz’s eligibility to be president due to his being born in Canada, unaligned operatives until the last moments here remained certain that the core of Iowa caucus politics had not changed, despite Trump’s unconventional campaign.

Read the rest of the story at CNN.

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