Trump won an absolute majority of the vote and finished first by about 30 points. He appears to have come within one vote of sweeping all 99 counties.
This was the biggest margin of victory ever in a competitive Iowa caucus, far exceeding Bob Dole’s 13 points in 1988. George W. Bush won by 10.5 in 2000. It came despite the weather, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA), organized evangelical leaders, the winnowing of the Republican field, and fears complacency would set in among Trump supporters.
This will be difficult for Trump’s rivals to spin as