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February 2nd, 2016

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The next phase of the super long presidential election process got under way in the state of Iowa last night.

Iowa is the first in the nation where a kind of voting, in this case called caucuses, helped narrow down the candidates running for president.

So, who won?

On the Republican party side … 

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won in Iowa with 28% of the votes.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump came in 2nd with 24% of the votes.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio came in 3rd with 23% of the votes.

It was a big win for Mr. Cruz.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucus when he ran for president in 2008, did poorly last night and withdrew from the race.

This is a great interactive map of the results from the Iowa Republican Party.

On the Democratic party side … 

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders virtually tied.

It was the closest caucus in Iowa’s history.

49.8% for Hillary Clinton. 49.6% for Bernie Sanders. 0.5% for Martin O’Malley. Mr. O’Malley has since dropped out of the race.

This is a great interactive map of the results from the Iowa Democratic Party.

Hillary Clinton is claiming victory . But Mr. Sanders’ supporters would say that tying with Hillary Clinton is a lot like a win for him because a few months ago it didn’t seem like Mrs. Clinton was going to have much competition.

How much does it matter?

It helps to win here for sure, especially since Iowa kicks it off for the rest of the country and could influence other states.

But, historically, when it comes to Republicans at least, Iowa and Louisiana are have the worst record for picking Republicans who actually  go on to win the nomination .

What’s next?

New Hampshire on February 9.

Want to learn more about the candidates and the parties?

(more for older kids)

Crash Course: Political Parties

What Do Democrats Believe? by TestTube News on YouTube

 What do Republicans Believe? by TestTube News on YouTube

Who is Ted Cruz? by TestTube News on YouTube

Who is Donald Trump? by TestTube News on YouTube

Who is Marco Rubio? by TestTube News on YouTube

There is also In Focus with the Republican Field . Interviews with the candidates on the official Republican Party YouTube channel.

Who is Hillary Clinton? by TestTube News on YouTube

Who is Bernie Sanders? by TestTube News on YouTube

The rest of the candidates are on their playlist as well 🙂

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