, DES MOINES, United States, Feb 2 – Republican Senator Ted Cruz told fired-up supporters Monday his win in the Iowa caucuses that launch the White House race was a victory for the grassroots – and a blow to the Washington elites.
Cruz vaulted ahead of billionaire frontrunner Donald Trump and Senator Marco Rubio, who were battling for second place, US media projections showed.
“Tonight, is a victory for the grassroots,” the archconservative senator from Texas told supporters after the vote.
“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.
“But will be chosen by the most incredible, powerful force where all sovereignty resides in our nation, by we, the people, the American people.”
US networks CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ABC News all predicted the result in Cruz’s favor.
Cruz, who has invested heavily in ground operations, will hope to use the victory in Iowa — he was on 27.7 percent, with 92 percent of precincts reporting — as a springboard to the next contests in New Hampshire and South Carolina.