CNN: How Cruz Won

<> the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower …
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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.