Trump has to watch his back in Iowa: Ted Cruz is coming big

Last Updated: November 25, 2015
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Ted Cruz in Iowa
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A new poll in Iowa showed that Ted Cruz is just behind Donald Trump, in an anticipated rise for the Republican Texas senator. Now, that leaves Ben Carson relegated into third position, says NY Times.

With new subjects to handle in the nominating race, the foreign policy and the terrorism issue, it looks like Ted Cruz is riding high, as he surpassed Ben Carson in the new poll in Iowa. According to the same source, Ted Cruz was the choice of 23 percent of likely Republican voters in the new poll, from Quinnipiac University, following Mr. Trump at 25 percent and ahead of Mr. Carson at 18 percent, while Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was in fourth with 13 percent.

Ben Carson was surprisingly surpassed

This big changes came just one month after Carson seemed to rule in Iowa, having 28 percent in a Quinnipiac poll in late October, followed by Mr. Trump at 20 percent. But, taking into consideration the attacks in Paris, Ted Cruz adopted a strategy that is working pretty well, at least in Iowa.

He criticized President Obama’s handling of the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East in a very offensive way and stated that in now way he would ever let Syrian refugees into the country. With 80% of Iowa Republicans having an “allergy” to Syrian refugees, it seems like Ted Cruz knows what is good for his campaign.

The survey took place Nov. 16-22, after 129 people where killed in terrorist attacks in Paris. So terrorism and foreign policy were the primary issues that counted for voters, cited by 30 percent of Republicans in deciding whom to support, says NY Times. Jobs and the economy were next in line.

Ted Cruz, an expert in foreign policy?

Ted Cruz was also named the most capable of handling foreign policy by voters over all, winning 24 percent of support, compared with 18 percent for Mr. Trump, 15 percent for Mr. Rubio and 6 percent for Mr. Carson. Also, 81% percent said that Ted Cruz had the right experience to be president.

Trump had only 62%, while Carson went down the hill, with only 49%. The businessman was declared the best in handeling terrorism by voters, after he called for a federal database for Muslims in the country. Carson won at social issues, while Trump was again seen as the most capable of dealing with economic problems.

But Ted Cruz is expected to go even higher in polls after he was endorsed last week by Representative Steve King of Iowa, one of the most hard-right members of the House, says NY Times. The Republican Texas senator seems to be liked by voters who called themselves “very conservative”, and with such hard times in the near future, this kind of voters won’t be few. In contrast to Cruz’s followers, Trump supporters are those without a college degree, leading way to interpretations.

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  • mikey01h

    Cruz, consistant conservative…. You don’t have to pander when your the standard!

  • diana hester

    Just because the media is now paying attention, they are acting like this is an afterthought or opportunistic play by Cruz. He has been battling these issues for months and the media chose to ignore. Funny.