Local Reaction to Iowa Caucus
Pollsters and political pundits around the country spent Tuesday going over the results of the Iowa caucus.
Hamilton county republican party leaders are watching as Iowa winner Ted Cruz enjoys his win over Donald Trump, and gathers support in the state of Tennessee.
Local reaction from both sides, now that the first presidential preference election of 2016 is history.
SEN. TED CRUZ, IOWA CAUCUS WINNER “Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation.”
MARK WEST, CRUZ SUPPORTER “Honestly, Cruz’s strength is going to be over the next month here on March 1st, where we have super Tuesday, numbers of states around the south and Cruz has a tremendous organization.”
Mark West is the chairman of the Chattanooga Tea Party, but has been a Cruz supporter almost from the beginning.
Cruz, the U.S. Senator from Texas, has now picked up endorsements from 18 Tennessee lawmakers.
SEN. MARCO RUBIO, PLACED THIRD “And I will be your nominee, thanks for what you have done here in this great state.”
ZACH WAMP, TN. RUBIO CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN “My phone has exploded in the last 24 hours. People from all across the state frankly are coming aboard and all across the country there’s tremendous enthusiasm for Marco Rubio. They were just encouraged.”
Zach Wamp is a former 3rd district congressman who served 16 years. He says Rubio does not have to win primaries– to stay a top candidate. Rubio now has support from 8 Tennessee lawmakers.
BERNIE SANDERS, VERMONT SENATOR “We are going to create an economy that works for working class families, not just the billionaire class.”
Bernie Sanders finished the Iowa caucus in a virtual tie with odds-on favorite Hillary Clinton.
Sanders also has a Chattanooga base.
TERRY LEE, CHAIRMAN, HAMILTON CO. DEMOCRATIC PARTY “When you go into the wee hours of the morning and still not a winner …go into the next morning…and you’re still less than 2-tenths percent apart ..its created a lot of interest and enthusiasm by supporters from both sides.”
“Enthusiasm”, yes! —-but as for Iowa the political leaders know its just a small piece of the 2016 puzzle.