Iowa observations:

Ted Cruz is like a Timex watch. He took a political licking and kept on ticking. An impressive (and to me) surprise victory.

Donald Trump learned that details–such as a coherent policy and a ground game–are important. After smearing Cruz over and over in the final weeks, he turned classy in defeat–another surprise. With his aura of invincibility dimmed, I wonder how long he continues to dominate the opinion polls.

Marco Rubio ran a strong, and surprising, third. I expect him to pick up momentum and eventually win the nomination after a tough fight.

Hillary Clinton escaped by the skin of her teeth against a 74-year-old socialist. If she hangs on, she will be the weakest Democratic nominee in a generation.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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