WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — GOP frontrunner Donald Trump – who placed second in the Iowa caucus to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – told his supporters at his Iowa caucus party in West Des Moines, Iowa on Monday night, “We will go on to win the Republican nomination.”
“We finished second and I want to tell you something, I’m just honored,” Trump said, adding, “I want to congratulate Ted.”
“Tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be in New Hampshire,” Trump said, as he plans to move forward on the campaign trail. “It’s going to be a great week.”
“We will go on to get the Republican nomination,” Trump promised his supporters, saying he’ll then go on to beat Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – whoever the Democrats nominate.
“We will be back many, many times,” he promised Iowans, adding he “might come here and buy a farm.”
“I love you people. I love you people. Thank you,” Trump said as he came into the caucus party. “I have to start by saying I absolutely love the people of Iowa – unbelievable.”
Trump said that he was advised not to go to Iowa when he first announced his presidential campaign on June 16th, because he wouldn’t finish in the top ten, but he thought, “Let’s give it a shot.”
Trump also wished congratulations to the other GOP candidates including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee “who has become a really good friend of mine.” Huckabee suspended his campaign on Monday night following the Iowa caucus results.
“We will continue to have a great team. We’re just so happy with the way everything worked out,” the real estate mogul added. “I just want to thank my family. They’ve been so amazing and so supporting.”
He said they’ll move on to New Hampshire and South Carolina and be “proclaiming victory, I hope.”