WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump’s presence is drawing unprecedented attention to the Republican presidential contest. But after careful consideration, many new Iowa voters turned to his rivals instead.
The political newcomer logged a second-place finish in Iowa’s kick-off caucuses, performing far better than anyone could have imagined when he jumped into the race.
But Trump’s own decision to escalate expectation, coupled by an outmaneuvered ground game, set his supporters up for disappointment.
The misconception was that a boost in voter turnout would disproportionately benefit Trump and his rival Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.
The race did attract large numbers of newcomers, with nearly 187,000 voters turning out at caucus sites. But in the end, many of those newcomers voted for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.US