After winning in Iowa, Republican Senator Ted Cruz says, ''Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Winning the Iowa caucus, Republican Senator Ted Cruz said, "Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation." Cruz said, "What scares them is the old Reagan coalition is coming back together of conservatives." Turning to foreign policy he said, "If I am elected President, every militant on the face of the planet will know, if you go and join ISIS, if you wage jihad on on the United States of America, if you attempt to murder innocent Americans, you are signing your death warrant." "We will win by speaking the truth, with a smile," he said. "The truth is the American people are fed up with Washington, with a corrupt class that enriches itself and leaves behind the working men and women of this country," Cruz said. Cruz declared, "God bless the great state of Iowa." Cruz pulled ahead of Donald Trump in Iowa's presidential nominating contest, the first in the 2016 race for the White House. Cruz, a conservative U.S. senator from Texas, beat the billionaire businessman in the Republican race. Marco Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, came in third, making him easily the leader among establishment candidates. Republican voter turnout far exceeded the normal average from previous years. Long lines were reported at many caucus sites with many new voter registrations.