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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Updated at 9:52 a.m.

Donald Trump on Wednesday morning published several tweets accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "fraud" and said that the Iowa caucuses either need to be redone or "nullified," citing reports that the Cruz campaign disseminated misinformation about Ben Carson and sent out mailers suggesting Iowans violated election law.

Trump began a Wednesday morning Twitter rant by accusing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of "illegally" winning the Iowa caucus before quickly deleting that tweet, according to numerous reporters.

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Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday night continued to criticize Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign for disseminating reports that Carson had dropped out of the race before the end of the Iowa caucuses.

Carson on Monday night accused the Cruz campaign of employing "dirty tricks" and on Tuesday called on the Texas senator to address the situation, arguing that the campaign's actions cost Carson votes in Iowa. Cruz apologized to Carson, but said that discussing news reports is "fair game."

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Donald Trump on Tuesday evening said that his decision to boycott the latest Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox News may have cost him votes in Iowa.

"It could've been with the debate. I think some people were disappointed that I didn't go in the debate," Trump told reporters at a campaign event in New Hampshire while discussing his second place finish in the Iowa caucus.

But the real estate mogul does not regret his decision.

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A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told the Associated Press on Tuesday morning that the campaign is "still assessing" whether it will ask for a recount of the Iowa Democratic caucus.

The comment from Sanders' campaign follows reports from CNN and The Guardian that Sanders would like to see the final vote counts, but it's not clear exactly what the campaign has asked for.

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Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday morning accused supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of telling voters at Iowa precincts that Carson had dropped out of the race, encouraging them to vote for Cruz instead.

Before the vote was called on Monday night, Carson said that his rivals had employed "dirty tricks" and circulated rumors that the retired neurosurgeon had dropped out. Carson on Monday clarified that he was still in the race and addressed reports that he was headed for vacation in Florida after the Iowa caucus. His campaign said he was merely headed to get a fresh set of clothes.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in the wee hours of Tuesday morning that he was still unsure of the final results in the Iowa caucus, but he believes that the race in Iowa proves the strength of his campaign no matter what.

"Whether we lose by a fraction of a point or we win or whatever, we're very proud of the campaign that we won. And I think the significance is, for folks who did not think Bernie Sanders could win, that we could compete against Hillary Clinton, I hope that that thought is now gone," Sanders told CNN just after he got off a plane in New Hampshire.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday morning said that voters who pushed him to a third place finish in the Republican Iowa caucus decided that he would be able to unify and grow the Republican party.

According to a NBC News entrance poll, Rubio earned votes from 29 percent of Iowa voters who made up their mind in the last few days, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received support from 24 percent of those who recently decided and Donald Trump received 14 percent.

On ABC's "Good Morning America," Rubio was asked what message from his campaign encouraged voters to choose him in the last few days.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign on Tuesday morning claimed victory in the Iowa caucus, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had yet to concede the race and results were not yet final.

"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates. Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton's advantage," Matt Paul, Clinton's Iowa state director, said in a statement around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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