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The Latest: Trump bemoans his Iowa ground game
Feb. 03, 2016
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The latest on developments in the Iowa caucuses and the follow-up New Hampshire primary (all times local):
Donald Trump says he didn't have much of a ground game in Iowa — after months of his campaign touting its operation in the state.
Trump tells Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity that his campaign "didn't have much of a ground game because I didn't think I was going to be winning."
He says that, "in retrospect, we could have done much better with the ground game."
The comments are an apparent slight to Trump's Iowa state director Chuck Laudner.
Laudner had said in January he felt "fantastic about the ground game."
Donald Trump says his decision to skip the last GOP debate before the Iowa caucuses may have contributed to his second-place finish.
But the billionaire businessman says he'd do it the same if he had to do it again.
Trump finished second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Monday evening's contest after placing first in multiple polls.
He skipped the debate because of a spat with Fox News and instead held a fundraiser for veterans that raised $6 million.
Trump says he "would never, ever give that up to go between first and second in Iowa."
Jeb Bush's presidential campaign is unveiling a new two-minute television ad directed at billionaire businessman Donald Trump.
The campaign says the "Turn Off Trump" ad first appeared Tuesday on Manchester, New Hampshire station WMUR-TV.
The Bush campaign says the ad draws a contrast between Trump's "liberal positions and his divisive and disparaging comments about women, war heroes, minorities and the disabled, and Jeb's proven leadership skills."
Republican Donald Trump is predicting he'll win over voters from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Trump says Sanders supporters are "very much into the trade world and I'm the best on trade."
He says Sanders "mentions" the issue, "but I don't think he's going to be capable of doing anything about it."
Trump sounded as confident as ever addressing reporters in New Hampshire ahead of a Tuesday evening rally in Milford, New Hampshire.
He says he expects to do better than his second-place finish in Iowa.
He says New Hampshire "fits me better, it probably suits me better."
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised about $3 million in the past 24 hours since his narrow loss to Hillary Clinton in Monday's leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Sanders' campaign says the total is the most money it has raised in a single day during the senator's presidential campaign.
Sanders raised $20 million in January, with most of it coming online.
He holds a solid lead against Clinton in next week's New Hampshire primary.
Donald Trump is blaming the press for framing his second-place finish in Iowa on Monday evening as a loss.
Trump is telling a crowd of thousands in Milford, New Hampshire, Tuesday evening that he's not disappointed he placed behind rival Ted Cruz in a state where few thought he'd do well.
He says, "I come in second, I'm not humiliated."
Trump had systematically raised expectations ahead of Monday evening's caucuses, telling audiences he expected a win.
But now he says, "The press didn't treat me right."
He says the media refuses to say he did an "unbelievable job," instead reporting: "Well, yeah, he did all right. A little disappointed. You know, third place was fantastic."
The Jeb Bush campaign says former first lady Barbara Bush is joining her son on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.
The campaign says Barbara Bush will be with Jeb Bush at his scheduled town hall Thursday night at a middle school in Derry.
She will also be with him Friday, according to the campaign. Jeb Bush is betting big on a win in New Hampshire following a poor showing in the Iowa caucus.
Donald Trump is rallying volunteers at his New Hampshire campaign headquarters in Manchester.
Trump says he's confident he'll win the next round of voting, on Feb. 9. He says "something special's happening" in New Hampshire, where he leads substantially in polls.
But there was a reminder of his loss Monday to Ted Cruz in Iowa when one volunteer called out, "We're going to fix Iowa's mistake."
Trump says he performed much better than pundits expected when he first entered the race.
He responded: "I think now we're going to go first, you're right. It's going to be great."
He was joined at the stop by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump couldn't deliver enough evangelical votes to nip Ted Cruz in the Iowa presidential caucuses.
That's according to polls of Iowans interviewed for the Associated Press and other media as they entered caucus sites Monday.
The billionaire businessman also trailed among voters who made their choice late, and among those who said they want a candidate who shares their values.
The results suggest Trump needs to improve his turnout operation and his ability to persuade undecided voters as the GOP nominating contest moves forward into New Hampshire.
Trump did defeat Cruz by more than a 2-to-1 margin among voters who want an outsider. But Cruz and fellow senator Marco Rubio crushed Trump among voters who want someone with political experience.
Jeb Bush is going after the top three finishers in Monday night's Iowa caucuses in New Hampshire.
He says Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are "untested" and do not have the experience to handle the Oval Office job.
He was especially critical of Trump, saying the billionaire businessman "disparages" and "insults" people during the campaign because he's "a man with deep insecurities."
Bush made his comments at New England College in Henniker, N.H., one of four events in the state that holds the nation's first primary Feb. 9.
He was especially critical of Trump, saying the billionaire businessman is "a man with deep insecurities."
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott says he's endorsing Marco Rubio for president because he believes the Florida senator is best positioned to handle the nation's economy and military.
Scott, told reporters in Washington Tuesday that he likes Rubio's priorities: "He's a better father and a better husband than he is a politician."
Chris Christie said he might have a job if his campaign for president doesn't work out.
He described for an audience at Saint Anselm College sending a recent text to rocker Jon Bon Jovi complaining about the cold weather in Iowa. Christie says the singer responded by telling him to come home to New Jersey.
Christie says Bon Jovi advised him: "The job playing tambourine in the band is still open."
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is hailing his razor-thin finish in Iowa against Hillary Clinton, telling supporters in New Hampshire that his campaign "took on the most powerful political organization in this country."
Sanders is telling more than 1,100 supporters in Keene, New Hampshire, that his campaign came back from a 50 percent point deficit in the polls and "began the political revolution not just in Iowa, not just in New Hampshire but all over this country."
Sanders says his campaign is "not about spin, it's not about 30 second ads. It's about the American people."
Republican Marco Rubio says rival Chris Christie's dismissal of him as unprepared to lead the nation is a sign that the Florida senator is a threat to the New Jersey governor in the GOP nomination fight.
During an interview with CNN, Rubio says "When people attack you, usually they don't attack someone who isn't doing well."
Rubio nearly beat billionaire Donald Trump for second place in the Iowa caucuses Monday night. Christie finished near the bottom of the crowded GOP field, but has focused his campaign on a strong finish in New Hampshire.
Both landed in New Hampshire with brutal media schedules, determined to spend the week before the Feb. 9 primary wooing voters.
South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn says the Congressional Black Caucus political action committee will endorse a candidate in the presidential race after the New Hampshire primary Feb. 9.
Clyburn is not saying whether the caucus PAC will opt for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the Democratic contest, but he noted that some CBC members have campaigned on Clinton's behalf.
Clyburn says, "I don't think they are wasting their time." He's predicting that the endorsement will have an effect on the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination heading into South Carolina's Feb. 27 primary. Other contests follow in Southern states where African-Americans make up considerable portions of Democratic primary electorates.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says rival Ted Cruz's Iowa victory speech is like Howard Dean's infamous 2004 scream.
Trump is tweeting, "Anybody who watched all of Ted Cruz's far too long, rambling, overly flamboyant speech last night would say that was his Howard Dean moment!"
Dean finished in third place in the 2004 caucuses and delivered a shouting speech that included an awkward yelp.
The moment was played again and again on the news and late-night television.
Trump has been lashing out on Twitter over how the race is being portrayed. And he's blaming voters for not giving him enough credit for self-funding his campaign.
Trump has received millions of dollars in contributions. His latest campaign finance filing shows he is now spending more of his own money than donors'.
South Carolina congressman Jeff Duncan says he's endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president because the Texas senator has "a history of following through" on his word.
A tea party favorite like Cruz, Duncan is scheduled to appear alongside the Texas senator at a Tuesday evening rally in the state.
Duncan represents one of the most conservative districts in South Carolina. His fellow South Carolina congressman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, has lined up with Marco Rubio, who also added South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott earlier Tuesday.
Rubio, Cruz and Donald Trump are expected to continue their three-way tussle in South Carolina. Trump's most high-profile backer among South Carolina politicians is the lieutenant governor, Henry McMaster.
Gov. Nikki Haley has yet to endorse a candidate in the race.
Donald Trump's campaign spokeswoman confirms that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will endorse the billionaire developer at rally in New Hampshire Tuesday night.
Brown's backing marks Trump's first endorsements by a current or former senator and provides additional evidence that some in the Republican establishment are beginning to warm to a potential candidacy.
Trump is returning to New Hampshire Tuesday after coming in second to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Monday night's Iowa caucuses.
The news was first reported by The Washington Post.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is lashing out at Marco Rubio and Donald Trump on immigration while facing New Hampshire voters for the first time since his Iowa caucus victory.
Cruz charged that Rubio led the fight for "amnesty" for immigrants in the country illegally. He also said Trump didn't do anything to fight immigration reform as the debate raged on Capitol Hill in 2013.
The first-term Texas senator made the comments during a campaign appearance in Windham, N.H., hours after he scored a victory in Iowa's leadoff caucuses. Trump finished second and Rubio third.
Cruz's team aggressively attacked Rubio in television ads across Iowa in recent days as "the Republican Obama."
Hillary Clinton says she has "some work to do" to attract young and first-time voters to her campaign for president.
She says in an interview on CNN's "Situation Room" that she's pleased that so many young people are participating this year in the Democratic nominating contest and recognizes that rival Bernie Sanders did well among that group in Monday's razor-thin Iowa caucuses.
Clinton says that in next-up New Hampshire and beyond, she'll be emphasizing her plans to help young people start their lives, including a proposal to make college more affordable.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest is congratulating Hillary Clinton on her win in Iowa — and predicting more tough competition in the contests ahead.
Ernest got word of Clinton's victory in the close Iowa caucuses during his daily briefing.
He noted a "spirited and close race" between President Barack Obama's former secretary of state and rival Bernie Sanders and added, "I suspect it's not the last state where we'll hear that."
He said Clinton, who lost the nomination race to Obama in 2008, knows better than anybody that the "the path to the Democratic nomination is a long one."
There is still one Republican delegate left to be awarded in Iowa, but it won't determine the winner. It might even go to a candidate who suspended his campaign Monday night.
Ted Cruz's victory means he'll collect eight delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Donald Trump and Marco Rubio each get seven.
Coming next is Ben Carson with three, followed by Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich, who won one each.
Delegates are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote.
Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie are in a tight race for the last delegate, which should be awarded when the Iowa GOP verifies the results later this week.
Huckabee suspended his campaign but he would keep his delegate under Iowa GOP rules.
Former President Bill Clinton says he's satisfied with his wife's narrow victory in Iowa, casting the state as difficult political terrain.
"It's hard there," he said, in an interview after an event in Nashua. "It was a jump ball and I'm glad it came down on our side of the coin."
Iowa and New Hampshire, he says, are "two of the most challenging places" for Clinton's presidential campaign. Though she won New Hampshire eight years ago, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has long represented the bordering state of Vermont, making him a familiar figure to voters.
Clinton is kicking off her final week of campaigning in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton's victory in the Iowa Democratic caucuses means she will collect 23 delegates and Sen. Bernie Sanders will win 21.
With her advantage in superdelegates — the party officials who can support the candidate of their choice — Clinton now has a total of 385 delegates. Sanders has 29.
It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president.
Hillary Clinton has narrowly won the Democratic caucuses in Iowa, outpacing a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to claim the first victory in the 2016 race for president.
The former secretary of state, senator from New York and first lady edged past the Vermont senator in a race the Iowa Democratic Party called the closest in its caucus history.
The Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday that it would not do any recount of the close results, and a spokesman for the Sanders campaign said it does not intend to challenge the results of the caucuses.
Hillary Clinton is declaring victory in Iowa, even though rival Democrat Bernie Sanders has not yet conceded the race.
She says she is "so proud I am coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa" and adds, "I've won and I've lost there and it's a lot better to win."
Clinton arrived in New Hampshire early Tuesday.
Her campaign is trying to spin a neck-and-neck race into a win, hoping to gain momentum heading into the first primary contest.
Bernie Sanders has picked up support of a veteran black lawmaker in South Carolina as he tries to close the gap on Hillary Clinton ahead of the Feb. 27 Democratic primary.
State Rep. Joseph Neal says he "thinks a lot" of Hillary Clinton. But he says that Sanders' proposals to narrow income inequality and overhaul the criminal justice system are "head and shoulders" above Clinton's.
Clinton will counter Sanders' recent endorsement push with her own heavy hitter: Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Columbia on Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton's top ranking supporter on Capitol Hill says the differences between supporters of the former secretary of state and rival Bernie Sanders can be more easily healed than those fracturing the Republican field.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that, "Our party is much more united on the issues than their party."
Former President Bill Clinton says his wife, Hillary Clinton, is the "best change maker I have ever met."
Clinton introduced his wife in New Hampshire, the first primary state, hours after a close finish in the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
The former president said one example is his wife call during a recent debate for more resources for the region near the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
He says, "Her opponent said what the governor did was terrible and he should resign. Her instinct was, 'What can I do right now, to make it better?'"
Donald Trump says he's not getting enough credit for his 2nd place win in Iowa Monday.
He tweets: "The media has not covered my long-shot great finish in Iowa fairly. Brought in record voters and got second highest vote total in history!"
It was the third tweet from Trump since an overnight silence from the usually prodigious user of Twitter in the wee hours.
A few minutes earlier, Trump tweeted: "Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there - a fraction of Cruz & Rubio. Came in a strong second. Great honor."
Ted Cruz's team is already beginning to make a play for Ben Carson's supporters.
Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler asked, "Where is Ben Carson?" as various campaigns filed into a Manchester airport shortly after 5 a.m.
Carson was among the only major candidates who isn't campaigning in one of the early voting states on Tuesday.
The Cruz campaign sees Carson's evangelical-leaning supporters as a natural fit for Cruz's camp if or when Carson leaves the race.
Ben Carson is taking a break from the campaign trail after his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.
Spokesman Larry Ross says the retired neurosurgeon is at home Tuesday in Florida before heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. He'll stay there through the National Prayer Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, then head to New Hampshire.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says congressional Republicans need to channel the anger of voters into constructive action.
The Wisconsin Republican spoke to reporters the morning after the Iowa caucuses. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and billionaire Donald Trump took the first two spots. Both contenders have emphasized fury at Washington.
Ryan says all Republicans are angry over the slow-growing economy, insufficient action by the Obama administration against the Islamic State extremist group and porous U.S. borders.
Ryan says Republicans need to "harness it into action" and also deliver a positive message to voters that things can change. He says it's time for conservatives and Republicans to unify and "then go out and win an election."
Donald Trump is ending his Twitter silence with a tweet saying that second place is not, as he has said previously, "terrible."
He says: "My experience in Iowa was a great one. I started out with all of the experts saying I couldn't do well there and ended up in 2nd place. Nice."
Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses Monday. Marco Rubio came in a close third to Trump's second-place finish.
Hello, South Carolina.
Even as the candidates storming through New Hampshire ahead of the Feb. 9 primary, several campaigns are juggling their priorities to include next-up South Carolina.
Republicans vote Feb. 20 in South Carolina; Democrats follow Feb. 27.
Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton — on wife Hillary's behalf — are scheduled to appear will appear Wednesday.
For the GOP, South Carolina is the first opportunity to compete in a large electorate that reflects the wider Republican spectrum of bubusiness-minded conservatives, tea partiers, national security hawks and retirees from across the northeast and midwest.
The Democratic vote, meanwhile, allows African-Americans their first strong say in the presidential nomination, since Iowa and New Hampshire are overwhelmingly white.
A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the campaign is "still assessing" whether to ask Iowa's Democratic Party for a recount.
With just one precinct outstanding in Monday's caucuses, Clinton led Sanders by less than three-tenths of 1 percent. The Iowa Democratic Party declared the contest "the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history." Landing in the early-morning dark in New Hampshire, Sanders did not concede the race to Clinton.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he's "ready to roll" to a strong finish in the New Hampshire primary.
He's pitching himself Tuesday as a candidate who can deliver on his promises of bringing conservative reforms to Washington because he's done it before.
Speaking in Newbury, New Hampshire Kasich is sticking to his message of bringing fiscal discipline to Washington instead of focusing on the results of Monday's Iowa caucuses.
Kasich is betting his White House hopes on New Hampshire, insisting that running a positive campaign will vault him to the top of the pack. Polls show he's in the running for second place behind Donald Trump alongside candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who both performed well in Iowa.
Kasich says, "I trust the people of New Hampshire to make a good decision."
A prominent South Carolina superdelegate says he's might look outside the Democratic party now that his candidate, Martin O'Malley, has dropped out of the presidential race.
Boyd Brown told The Associated Press Tuesday that he can't back Bernie Sanders because of his socialist-leaning views. And he says he can't support Hillary Clinton due to her lack of "core values."
He says he'll "be happy to listen to see if" former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg runs as an independent and will be interested in "who the Republican Party goes with."
Democratic superdelegates can support the candidate of their choice at the party's summer national convention, regardless of whom voters choose in the primaries and caucuses.
All Trump does is win, win, win? Not after the Iowa caucuses, Chris Christie is telling his New Hampshire supporters.
The New Jersey governor says at his campaign headquarters in Bedford, New Hampshire that, "we can stop with the Donald Trump inevitability, because the guy who does nothing but win lost last night."
Trump took second place in Monday's Iowa caucuses to rival Ted Cruz.
Chris Christie says New Hampshire voters are not going to be able to get rid of him through the next-up primary Feb. 9.
He's telling them Tuesday morning, "I'll be like gum on the bottom of your shoe."
Christie is hanging his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on a strong showing in the Granite State. He finished toward the back of the GOP pack Monday night in the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Chris Christie says he's happy he met his admittedly low-expectations in Iowa, which he declared is now in his "rear-view mirror."
The New Jersey governor is speaking at a fundraising breakfast for the Salvation Army in Nashua. The first question he got from the audience was about Monday night's caucuses in Iowa, in which GOP rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio took the top prizes.
Christie declared that he's "pleased" to announce he "performed exactly as I expected in Iowa."
Christie said his 2 percent finish was pretty good considering that some of his rivals — including Jeb Bush — spent millions and didn't end up much better.
He says, "We spent $500,000 to get 2 percent, so who do you want managing your money?"
Marco Rubio's campaign says the race for the GOP nomination is a three-man contest.
The Florida senator's spokesman Alex Conant, says on Fox News Channel Tuesday that the Iowa vote shifted the contest from crowded to a fight between the candidates who placed first, second and third: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Rubio.
Asked about other Republican rivals, including John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, Conant said none have a pathway forward to the nomination without winning the next primary in New Hampshire.
Ben Carson's longtime adviser Armstrong Williams says the retired neurosurgeon and political newcomer has no intention of abandoning his presidential bid after finishing fourth in Monday's Iowa caucuses.
Williams says the race is a "long haul."
He adds that dropping out of the race "is not anywhere on (Carson's) radar screen."
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio says Sen. Tim Scott's endorsement is going to echo through the race for the Republican nomination.
The Florida senator says in a live interview early Tuesday in New Hampshire that Scott's "impact is not just going to be in South Carolina but around the country."
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott says Marco Rubio is the "one shot" Republicans have to win the presidency in November.
The senator says in a statement Tuesday morning that he's joining Rep. Trey Gowdy in endorsing Rubio, who finished third in the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Sen. Lindsey Graham has endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
New Hampshire votes next, followed by South Carolina.
The outstanding endorsement prize is Gov. Nikki Haley, who delivered the GOP's national response to President Barack Obama's state of the union address last month. Haley has not indicated when she might publicly take sides.
Sen. Ted Cruz says he won't be another victim of the Iowa conservative's curse.
Unlike past conservatives who've won Iowa contest and then fizzled, Cruz says he has the financial strength, broad appeal and grassroots support to keep up the momentum.
Cruz tells CNN: "I believe we have the national campaign and infrastructure to capitalize" on his win.
Cruz's unexpected victory is drawing comparisons to past Iowa winners former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Both failed to secure the nomination.
GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio is pivoting from his strong finish in Iowa to taking aim at front runner Ted Cruz.
The Florida senator says on ABC's "Good Morning America that Cruz's career is "one of calculation."
For example, Rubio says "criticizes New York values but has raised millions of dollars from New York City."
Expect to hear more of that argument from Rubio, who came in a narrow third place to Cruz and billionaire Donald Trump in Tuesday's leadoff caucuses.
Cruz has been willing to take a bundle of money from New Yorkers. His donors include Wall Street hedge fund mogul Robert Mercer, who contributed $11 million in April to a Cruz-aligned super PAC, according to federal filings.
Habitual overnight tweeter Donald Trump says...nothing on Twitter as of 6 a.m. EST.
The total Twitter silence from the prolific billionaire real estate magnate comes after Trump lost the Iowa caucuses Tuesday to Sen. Ted Cruz. He also came close to losing second place to Sen. Marco Rubio.
The final tweet before Trump went uncharacteristically silent came about 11 hours earlier and says: "Time to get out & caucus!"
A large crowd of supporters greeted Bernie Sanders in Bow, New Hampshire, at 5 a.m. after the Democratic presidential candidate arrived from Iowa.
Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses. He tells the crowd in New Hampshire that his campaign "astounded the world" and is going to "astound the world again" in New Hampshire. The state's primary is next week.
Sanders says he can't believe that people stood outside in the cold for about two hours waiting for him to arrive. He jokes, "Something is wrong with you guys!"
Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a "kick-start."
The Democratic presidential candidate says it shows the American people that "this is a campaign that can win."
Sanders tells reporters traveling aboard his flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday that his message of addressing wealth inequality resonated with voters in Iowa. He predicts it will resonate in the early voting states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.