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

February 2, 2016
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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Rand Paul suspends presidential campaign

February 3, 2016
Robert Costa, David Weigel | The Washington Post
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign, bringing an end to a bid that began with aspirations of expanding the libertarian base that his father, Ron Paul, built into a powerful national coalition.
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In New Hampshire, GOP governors take aim at a resurgent Marco Rubio

February 3, 2016
Dan Balz, Philip Rucker | The Washington Post
Marco Rubio’s surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses reshuffled the already intense competition here in New Hampshire among the Republican establishment candidates, leading some to sharpen their attacks on the freshman senator from Florida ahead of next week’s primary.
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Clinton, Sanders to See if Granite State Set in Stone

February 3, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
After winning the Iowa caucuses by a margin so slender that her underdog challenger appeared stronger as a result, Hillary Clinton is trying to figure out if Bernie Sanders remains a contender for weeks, or for months.
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Jeb Bush Attacks Trump Hard in Two-Minute Ad

February 3, 2016
Michael Scherer | TIME
Donald Trump long ago turned Jeb Bush into a “low-energy” punchline. But Bush isn’t done punching back. In a new two-minute ad, which will run this week in New Hampshire, he contrasts the controversial antics of candidate Trump, including a critical clip from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, with Bush’s own tough-talking campaign stump speech.
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What We Learned in Iowa

February 3, 2016
John Dickerson | Slate
It seemed like Donald Trump was going to upend every truth of politics, but the rule of Iowa held. A campaign based on the tested model of voter courtship with state-of-the-art improvements won the day. The victory was so familiar that it fit into a pattern that could apply to either party: first-term senator with Ivy League law degree defeats his more famous rival by electrifying his party base with a message of grassroots revolution and employing a ground game that set a record for voter turnout. (Winner: political strategists in GOP politics. I’ve got a voter turnout dashboard app that will Cruz-ify your microtarget, persuasion, and analytics game.)
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Iowa caucuses leave Republican and Democratic contests far from settled

February 2, 2016
Dan Balz | The Washington Post
When the voters of Iowa finally had their say, they punctured the candidacy of the New York billionaire, delivering a victory to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and elevating Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida into the top ranks of the GOP race.
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Making Sense of Iowa

February 2, 2016
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
If you predicted that Ted Cruz would beat Donald Trump by a larger margin than Hillary Clinton would beat Bernie Sanders, you deserve a special pundit medal of honor.
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Race for White House heads to NH

February 2, 2016
John Harwood | CNBC
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the close results for both political parties in Iowa as the candidates make their way to the Granite State for the next leg of the presidential race.
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