Three states have backed every Republican presidential candidate over the last 15 cycles since 1956 – two vote on Tuesday.
Nearly a quarter-million votes have been cast for Republicans in primaries and caucuses who had already exited the race, led by Bush, Carson, Paul, and Huckabee.
Trump breaks a 96-year old party record by winning the Wolverine State with less than 37 percent of the vote.
The Iowa caucuses may have provided the most razor-thin 1-2 finish in the 2012 Republican race, with Rick Santorum edging Mitt Romney by 0.03 points…
The most closely decided Republican presidential primary in the Gem State prior to 2016 was 40 points.
Major media outlets cannot agree on any of the delegate counts for the top three GOP candidates, nor the allotment from 11 states that have voted thus far.
The 2016 Republican nomination fight marks the first time in party history in which no candidate has won a majority of the vote in the first 15 statewide contests.
The unusually competitive and crowded GOP field is lowering the bar to victory in many states.
Each of the 65+ previous Republican presidential candidates who carried their home state did so with a larger percentage of the vote than Cruz; Cruz is one of only six who failed to reach the 50 percent mark.