Republican Outsiders Win The Night In Iowa, Send Clear Message To Establishment

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Not everyone was happy with the results of the Republican Iowa primary when Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the caucus, but one thing was clear: 2016 is the year of the outsider.

According to data analyzed by The Washington Post, outsider candidates running for the Republican nomination took 67.7 percent of the vote while establishment candidates took less than half of that with 32.4 percent. 

Despite his career in politics, Cruz is considered an outsider candidate because of his frequent opposition to the Republican party and his affiliation with the Tea Party movement, which often shuns the GOP.

Cruz secured 27.7 percent of the vote, and his next-closest competitor and fellow outsider candidate, Donald Trump, took 24.3 percent. In third was establishment candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who took 23.1 percent of the vote. 

The outsider trend isn’t limited to Republicans. Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has been in politics for decades, but his policies and even his campaign strategy are anti-establishment to the core.

Sanders lost to Clinton by just 0.2 percent -- 49.6 percent to 49.8 percent -- in the Iowa caucus, The Washington Post reported.

The trend of outsider candidates winning in primaries could spread to the Democrats by Feb. 9, when New Hampshire holds its vote. According to The Hill, a University of Massachusetts-Lowell/7 News survey found Sanders is leading Clinton 61 percent to 30 percent. 

Sources: The Washington Post (2), The Hill / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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