Clinton wins Iowa, campaigns turn to New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. (KTVU) - As the dust settles from the Iowa caucuses, two Democrats and 11 Republicans remain in the presidential race which now turns to the next battleground of New Hampshire.

In the still-crowded GOP field, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio rose to the top with double digit support in Iowa. The rest of the Republican candidates followed in the distant single digits.

"So what a victory last night," said Ted Cruz, who took 27.6 percent of the Iowa Republican vote over Donald Trump's 24.3 percent.

"It is a movement for the people, of people who are furious with DC, with the DC cartel," Cruz told supporters at a rally Tuesday in New Hampshire.

Trump, also campaigning in New Hampshire, shrugged off his second place Iowa finish.

"Frankly, had I known we could have finished number two, maybe I would have spent more time there," Trump said.

Rubio finished close behind Trump with 23.1 percent of the Republican vote in Iowa. He is considered more of a standard bearer of the GOP establishment and Bay Area communications consultant Randy Shandobil says the attacks on Rubio will likely increase in the coming weeks.

"What you're going to see now in New Hampshire is it's kind of a desperate last stand for Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich," Shandobil said.

Ben Carson, who finished fourth in Iowa with 9.3 percent of the Iowa Republican vote, blasted the Cruz campaign for mistakenly announcing Carson had withdrawn Monday night.

"This was before the caucuses were over, and that is really quite a dirty trick," Carson said.

Cruz later apologized and said it was a misunderstanding.

Mike Huckabee did suspend his campaign, while Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul and Rick Santorum will need strong showings to stay in the race.

In the Democratic battle, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were separated by less than one percent in what was called the closest Iowa caucus race in history.

"I am so thrilled that I am coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa," Clinton said Tuesday. She had 49.9 percent of Democratic votes in Iowa compared to Sanders' 49.6 percent.

Some precincts reportedly decided delegates by a coin toss.

On a mobile phone video a woman says,  "I'm going to let the coin hit the floor and if it's heads Bernie will select and if it is tails Hillary's side will get the extra delegate."

The crowd watches the coin toss and says it lands on tails for Hillary.

As Clinton fights to energize her base, enthusiasm among Bernie Sanders supporters is giving him a double digit lead in New Hampshire polls.

"Last night we began the political revolution, not just in Iowa, not just in New Hampshire, but all over the country," Sanders said.

Shandobil says Sanders has challenges moving into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

"Sanders is facing a big challenge in trying to reach out and convince more mainstream Democrats that he has ideas they can relate to and that he would actually have a chance in a general election," Shandobil said.

The New Hampshire primary is February 9th.