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Analysis: Reshaped presidential race drives into New Hampshire

The dramatic results of Monday’s Iowa caucuses thrust the presidential contest forward to a state that promises a wildly different eight-day battle for its contrarian but deeply political voters.

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders ‘tie’

DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and a stronger-than-expected showing by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rode a wave of voter enthusiasm to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton, long considered her party’s front-runner. Cruz’s victory over Trump was a testament to his massive get-out-the-vote operation in Iowa and the months he spent wooing the state’s influential conservative and evangelical leaders.

Mike Huckabee ends his 2nd bid for president

WASHINGTON – Mike Huckabee ended his second campaign for the White House on Monday amid a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that he won in his first bid eight years ago. As caucus results were still streaming in, Huckabee wrote on Twitter that he was “officially suspending my campaign.” He thanked his backers for their loyal support, adding the hashtag (hash)ImWithHuck. Calls to the Huckabee campaign for comment were not immediately returned.

Clinton, Sanders locked in extremely tight duel for Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in an extremely tight duel in Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution. Deep into the vote count, Clinton appeared before voters to declare she was “breathing a big sigh of relief.” But she refrained from claiming victory and declared herself ready to press forward in “a real contest of ideas.”

GOP Overview: Win gives Cruz momentum

DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race. Cruz’s victory over Trump was a testament to his massive get-out-the-vote operation in Iowa and the months he spent wooing the state’s influential conservative and evangelical leaders. It was also a harsh blow to Trump, the supremely confident real estate mogul who has riled the Republican field for months with controversial statements about women and minorities.

Democrat O’Malley suspends campaign

Democrat Martin O’Malley has suspended his presidential campaign. The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor never gained traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Lastest GOP results from Iowa: Cruz tops Trump, Rubio

1,048 of 1,681 precincts – 62 percent Ted Cruz, 31,036 – 28 percent

Election Compass: New international effort to track voter trends

Online voter survey will try to track political trends in the presidential election

Washington voters have complex route to choosing presidential candidates

Washington has a complicated and sometimes confusing system for nominating a president that differs between the two parties.

McManus: Authenticity a bad measure of leadership

Joe Biden has it, and so does Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump and Ben Carson have it too — at least, they seem to. But Hillary Rodham Clinton strains to achieve it. And Jeb Bush? He doesn’t seem to want to try. The elusive quality is authenticity, and it’s become a preoccupation of the 2016 presidential campaign. Can candidates convince voters — amid all the noise and artifice of politics — that they are real people underneath, with character and convictions?

Today’s fun video: Testing Trump on dogs

Jimmy Kimmel last night played Donald Trump’s order to a journalist to “sit down” for dogs. The video results are inside.

Trump won’t commit to sticking with GOP in first Republican debate

CLEVELAND — Setting a combative tone, billionaire businessman Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight in the first Republican presidential debate, declaring he would not commit to supporting the party’s eventual nominee and would not rule out running as a third-party candidate.

Biden still considering White House bid

Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son’s illness and following his death earlier this year.

Trump, who avoided Vietnam, mocks McCain for being prisoner of war

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain’s military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party’s 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a “war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

3 legislators back Walker; video mocks him

OLYMPIA — Three GOP legislators, including Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner, are backing the newest Republican in the presidential race. A new video, meantime, definitely does not. Details inside

Kathleen Parker: Sanders, Trump entertaining, but appeal won’t last

WASHINGTON – Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don’t mean Miss Universes.

Kathleen Parker: See Jenner buzz for what it is

Barring a terror strike or an Ebola outbreak to distract us, the 2016 presidential election seems headed for a gender identity showdown. Within days of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo, Republican presidential candidates were being asked to comment, while conservative pundits were warning of a political apocalypse.

Former Maryland governor challenges Clinton for Democratic nomination

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley entered the Democratic presidential race on Saturday in a longshot challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the 2016 nomination, casting himself as a new generation leader who would rebuild the economy and reform Wall Street.

As hopefuls campaign in New Hampshire, Paul slams GOP rivals’ foreign policy positions

NASHUA, N.H. — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field.