'Tinge' of sadness over losing Iowa
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[February 03, 2016]
By Emily Flitter
MILFORD, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Donald
Trump, the New York businessman seeking the Republican U.S. presidential
nomination, said on Tuesday he felt "a tinge" of disappointment after
losing to Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses.
Cruz bested Trump with 28 percent of caucus-goers' pledges on
Monday compared to Trump's 24 percent. Florida Senator Marco Rubio
came in a close third with 23 percent.
Asked by a reporter if he felt at all bad about the result, Trump
said, "There's a tinge...I probably had a tinge because a poll came
out that said I was five points ahead."
In the weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Trump held leads in almost
every statewide and national poll though his dominance in Iowa
wobbled after Cruz won a key endorsement from a local evangelical
Trump also said there was a chance his decision to skip a Fox News
debate among Republican candidates on Thursday might have hurt him
in the caucuses.
Asked before a rally in Milford, New Hampshire on Tuesday evening if
he planned to change his campaign strategy, Trump told a news
conference he felt confident in his methods, but he was adding more
town hall-style events.
But any humility was fleeting as Trump went on to say he beat Rubio
by getting support from almost 3,000 Iowans - "That's a lot of
people" - and that he had gotten a larger percentage of support than
any other Republican candidate in history "except for that one
number," he added, referring to Cruz's win.
He also said he had not tried very hard to win Iowa. "I didn't
devote tremendous time to it," he said. "I didn't expect to do so
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Trump fielded question after question from reporters about why he
thought he lost and whether it made him anxious about primary
elections in other states ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.
When he took the stage before more than a thousand people, Trump's
swagger had returned. He criticized the media for focusing more on
Rubio's third-place showing than his second, calling journalists
"miserable people" and encouraging the crowd to boo them.
Fans interviewed before the rally said Trump's loss did not bother
"I think he's done pretty well from the start," said Eli Johnson,
33, from nearby Brookline, New Hampshire. "He did pretty well
considering Cruz was praying with everyone at every rally (in Iowa)
and they're a really religious state."
(Reporting by Emily Flitter; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
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