Trump Demands New Caucus in Iowa, Accuses Cruz of Fraud

The poll found the most support for Rubio in a theoretical three-man race for the nomination, with 34% picking the Florida senator compared with 33% for Trump and 25% for Cruz.

Just one day after accepting defeat in the Iowa caucuses and ceding to his chief rival, GOP candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump is calling the results fraudulent.

"Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud", he added.

His first tweet actually claimed that Cruz "illegally" stole Iowa, but he has since deleted that language: now he accuses Cruz of just plain ol' stealing (his lawyers must be quick on the Twitter trigger).

"And finally, Cruz strongly told thousands of caucus-goers that Trump was strongly in favor of ObamaCare and "choice" - a total lie!"

Cruz seemed unapologetic in the face of criticism, telling reporters, "I will apologize to nobody for using every tool we can to encourage Iowa voters to come out and vote ..." Trump is leading the polls there by double digits, and likely needs to win the state to advance.

Christie has spent considerable time campaigning in New Hampshire, hoping a strong showing there will keep him in play in the race.

Billionaire Trump held a wide lead in polls in New Hampshire, with U.S. Senator Rubio of Florida second in a rapid rise ahead of Tuesday's primary, part of the series of contests to pick the nominee for the November 8 presidential election.

Trump tweeted that "during primetime of the Iowa Caucus, Cruz put out a release that @RealBenCarson was quitting the race, and to caucus (or vote) for Cruz".

"In retrospect, we could have done much better with the ground game", Trump said, in an apparent slight to his Iowa state director Chuck Laudner.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN the Texas senator had apologised personally to Carson.

The Cruz insult ensured once again Wednesday that Trump headlined the media coverage of the Republican presidential election - and once again saving him from spending millions on campaign advertisements. "There has never been a more tainted victory in the Iowa caucuses", said a spokesman for the retired neurosurgeon. Expectations for Ted Cruz, at 24%, are slightly behind Cruz and Trump.

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