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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

The Illinois Board of Elections on Monday ruled against two complaints charging that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) cannot run for president because he is not a "natural born citizen."

The board ruled that Cruz "is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother who was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth as the candidate did not have to take any steps or go through a naturalization process at some point after his birth," according to the board's meeting minutes.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday said he would not discipline any campaign staffers for notifying Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson had plans to drop out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon only had plans for a quick trip home to Florida.

Cruz said on "The Mike Gallagher Show" that members of his campaign were "passing on news reports."

"I don’t make a practice of scapegoating staff members when it’s politically convenient," Cruz added.

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Donald Trump on Wednesday morning acknowledged that his campaign may have needed a more robust operation in Iowa, noting that he only recently learned what the term "ground game" means.

"I think we could’ve used a better ground game, a term I wasn’t even familiar with. You know, when you hear ‘ground game,’ you say, ‘What the hell is that?’ Now I’m familiar with it," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked if his campaign needed better organization to win in Iowa.

"I think in retrospect we should’ve had a better ground game, I would’ve funded a better ground game," he continued. "But people told me my ground game was fine. And I think by most standards it was."

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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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