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.
Gwen Ifill talks with Joel Benenson, chief strategist for the Hillary Clinton Campaign, and Rick Tyler, spokesman for the Ted Cruz Campaign, about how their candidates pulled off wins in Iowa and how they see the battle for New Hampshire voters.
Sen. Ted Cruz claimed victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses -- capturing more votes than any other Republican in Iowa history after record turnout. "The state of Iowa has spoken," Cruz said. "Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee and the next president of the United States will not be chosen by the media, will not be chosen by the Washington establishment, will not be chosen by the lobbyists."
Just fractions of a percentage point separated Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, but the state party declared Clinton the winner on Tuesday. In their caucus night speeches, Clinton said she is "breathing a big sigh of relief" while sanders called it a "virtual tie."
Every four years, voters in Iowa are the first to make their choice for president known. This year Clinton is trying to prevent an upset like 2008 when Barack Obama turned out new caucus-goers in record numbers to take first place.
After a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses tonight, Mike Huckabee officially suspends his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. "Obviously the voters are sick of me and I need to acknowledge that," Huckabee joked.
After a distant third place finish in the Iowa caucuses, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley officially suspended his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. "We have driven this debate," O'Malley said. "I am suspending this presidential bid, but I am not ending this fight."
"This column is not what you think it is going to be. Because I have moderated two general election debates -- in 2004 and 2008 -- I know better than to carp from the sidelines. But that hasn't stopped the requests that have poured in every day for a month, as news outlets from around the world have asked my opinion on debate moderation."
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.