Polls on Dems came close; not so for GOP

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump loves to talk about them, most candidates pretend to ignore them, and lots of voters get sick of them, but polls have a ubiquitous role in American politics.

How'd they do in Iowa?

On the Democratic side, not bad. On the GOP side, worse.

Most of the final polls of Iowa voters correctly predicted a very tight race between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

There were some exceptions, including a widely publicized CNN poll that had Sanders winning by 8 percentage points.

The Republican contest gave pollsters more trouble. Of the most recent round of polls, only a survey by Iowa State University correctly projected that Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas would defeat Trump. The Iowa State survey also was among the closest to the actual results on the Democratic side.

The state's best-known survey, the Iowa Poll, sponsored by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, correctly forecast a tight race among the Democrats but predicted a 7-point win by Trump.

— Tribune Washington Bureau

Many GOP lawmakers seem relieved by Trump loss

WASHINGTON — Republicans on Capitol Hill greeted Monday's caucus results from Iowa with a mix of caution and relief that Donald Trump did not sweep to victory in the first balloting of the GOP presidential primary.

"I think he learned a valuable lesson," said Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., of Trump and the value of old-fashioned retail campaigning.

Most House Democrats downplayed the results between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as nothing more than a narrow win for Clinton.

Clinton's supporters — she has received the vast majority of congressional endorsements — rallied around her and insisted that they always expected a close Democratic race.

The largest block of GOP congressional endorsements belongs to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Several Bush backers said Tuesday that they were not yet ready to give up on the former governor but agreed that his performance in New Hampshire next week would be crucial.

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