Donald Trump Is Not Conceding Iowa Yet

February 4, 2016, 12:46 PM UTC
GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns In Iowa
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Donald Trump is not giving up on Iowa. At least not yet.

After spending a good part of Wednesday sending out a barrage of tweets accusing Ted Cruz of engaging in fraud to win the Iowa caucuses, he was back at it again early Thursday morning.

Trump’s Wednesday Twitter burst accused Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses using a number of tricks: suggesting that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race, using official-looking leaflets to shame Iowans into voting for him, and saying Trump was pro-Obamacare.

“Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!” Trump wrote.

And then he got down to details.

Ted Cruz didn’t seem to take the first burst of accusations too seriously.

“I wake up every day and laugh at the latest thing Donald has tweeted because he’s losing it,” Cruz told reporters in Goffstown, N.H., according to Politico. “We need a commander-in-chief, not a Twitterer-in-chief. We need someone with judgment and the temperament to keep this country safe.”


But the mockery didn’t deter Trump, and at 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday, he was back in the saddle. This time he had backup from pictures of the “voter violation” notices and video of a FOX News segment with Bill O’Reilly and Republican strategist Karl Rove. And he wasn’t just asking for Cruz to be disqualified any more. Cruz’s campaign, Trump said, had committed a “misdemeanor at minimum.”

Of course, it’s doubtful that Trump will somehow get an Iowa redo, and his complaints are unlikely to head off suggestions that he is just a poor loser. But Trump is used to the insults by now: Hours after losing the Iowa caucuses to Cruz, Trump’s Wikipedia page became the redirected destination of

Fortune has contacted both the Trump and Cruz campaigns for comment and will update this story if they respond.

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