For the number of people who take part, the Iowa caucuses garner a lot of attention and for Senator Ted Cruz, the win he got tonight is a boost......For Donald Trump, a performance less than the polls had showed, and for Senator Marco Rubio a strong third place finish that sets him up to be the establishment candidate.
Mr. Trump tried to pull off a win, but other factors prevented that...including the Cruz ground game and perhaps the debate snub.
Also there was a withering barage of TV spots featuring The Donald's old quotes and interviews, suggesting he is not as he seems today.
As for other candidates, Dr. Ben Carson held his 10% and pledged to carry on....Jeb Bush was far back and others like Christie and Huckabee attracted few votes.
As the circus moves east, a three way race looms as Senator Rubio will raise money and gain momentum from his 20%+ performance.
Mr. Cruz faces a less hospitable backdrop in NH, while Senator Rubio may strip the other establishment candidates of their modest totals.
By SC, it may be Trump, Cruz , Rubio and perhaps Jeb Bush, who still has lots of money.
On the Dem side, it appears Hillary Clinton edged Sen. Bernie Sanders in a more complicated voting process but the margin was very small. The race could be seen as a rebuff to Mrs. Clinton, who at one time led by a large margin. It's on to NH where Senator Sanders needs a win.