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Fight moves to N.H. as Cruz and Clinton claim Iowa victory

February 2, 2016 at 6:50 PM EST
Just hours since the Iowa caucuses, and the candidates have already moved on to a new battleground. The remaining two Democratic candidates returned to New Hampshire after Hillary Clinton claimed a razor thin victory, as did the top three finishing Republican candidates. Meanwhile, three of the so-called GOP establishment candidates already had a head start. Gwen Ifill reports.
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GWEN IFILL: Results from the 2016 Iowa caucuses are finally official. Republicans wrapped up their race last night. And, today, Democrat Hillary Clinton finally squeaked out a win of less than three-tenths of a percent. By then, the candidates had lit out for New England.

New day, new battleground. The candidates have already moved on to the Granite State. At a rally today in Keene, Democrat Bernie Sanders declared his strong showing at the Iowa caucuses was a clear turning point.

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-I), Democratic Presidential Candidate: Last night, we began the political revolution, not just in Iowa, not just in New Hampshire, but all over this country.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

GWEN IFILL: But although the latest polls show the Vermont senator well ahead, it was Hillary Clinton who won the state in 2008. Today, in Nashua, she kicked off her effort to score a repeat victory.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: It is great to be here with all of you, and I am so thrilled that I am coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

GWEN IFILL: With last night’s razor-thin Iowa win made official only at midday, Clinton made her case to loyal supporters and cable news audiences.

The top three finishers in Iowa’s Republican caucuses also returned to New Hampshire today.

SEN. TED CRUZ (R-TX), Republican Presidential Candidate: God bless the great state of New Hampshire.

GWEN IFILL: Ted Cruz, who swept past both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, said he is convinced he can duplicate his Iowa success in New Hampshire.

SEN. TED CRUZ: Both states take your responsibility seriously. There are millions of Americans who are counting on each and every one of you to vet the candidates, not to listen to the empty talk, not to listen to the campaign promises, but instead to look us in the eye, and determine who’s telling truth and who’s blowing smoke.

GWEN IFILL: Second-place Donald Trump said in tweets he had not been given credit for what he accomplished in Iowa. He begins his swing in New Hampshire with a rally this evening.

Marco Rubio, whose strong third exceeded expectations, hit the ground this morning, trying to turn these Manchester breakfast diners into supporters. He told reporters, last night was proof that his message had appeal.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FL), Republican Presidential Candidate: I can grow the conservative movement. I can take our message to people who have not voted for us before, and bring them on and into the conservative movement, and that means we win the election and we win the future.

SEN. TIM SCOTT (R), South Carolina: Join me. Vote for Marco Rubio.

GWEN IFILL: The Florida senator also rolled out the endorsement of South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, whose state holds the third GOP nominating contest two Saturdays from now.

Three other so-called establishment candidates got a head start stumping in the state. John Kasich has been there since the weekend, and Jeb Bush made the trip even before Iowans started caucusing.

So did Chris Christie. At a town hall today, he took aim at both Cruz and Rubio.

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE (R-NJ), Republican Presidential Candidate: Worse yet, what if we won with someone who wasn’t ready to be president?

GWEN IFILL: It’s a sign that, for those candidates who’ve staked their campaigns on the New Hampshire primary, this could be yet another make-or-break week.

We will have a full analysis of where the presidential race stands now after the news summary.

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