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Donald Trump calls for Iowa election do-over

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over. On his official Twitter account Wednesday, Trump said: “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” He based his claim of fraud largely on developments that had been known for days and had not stopped him from congratulating Cruz on his victory Monday night.…

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Today on Context Florida: Assignment of benefits, primary Karma, human trafficking, dirty caucusing and water law facts

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Today on Context Florida: When consumers experience water damage unconnected to hurricanes, Alan Daley says they usually call a plumber, a roofing specialist or their insurance company to repair the damage. The plumbing or roofing contractor will probably suggest that the consumer assign the insurance benefits, so that payment for any work will go directly from the insurer to the contractor – a process known as “assignment of benefits” (AOB). Like in 49 other states across the U.S., the process is…

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Jeb Bush invokes dad’s Iowa victory as hopeful sign of things to come

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Jeb Bush was never expected to be a serious contender in Iowa, but his paltry total of just 2.8 percent of Iowa caucus voters still has to hurt. That’s after his Super PAC spent nearly $15 million there. The former Florida governor knew the results wouldn’t be pretty. He wasn’t even in Iowa Monday night, instead campaigning at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire. Appearing on “Fox and Friends” early Tuesday, Bush referenced a breaking story from Paris (where…

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Democrat Martin O’Malley ends his presidential campaign

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley ended his Democratic presidential campaign Monday midway through vote-counting in the Iowa caucuses, terminating a bid that failed to gain traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. O’Malley’s decision to drop out of the race came even before a winner had been declared but as early results showed O’Malley garnering negligible support in the first primary contest. His plans were disclosed by two people familiar with his decision, who weren’t authorized to discuss the…

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Jeanette Rubio encourages Iowans to caucus for husband in new Web video

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Marco Rubio is out with two new Web videos, including one featuring his family. In a pre-caucus message, Jeanette Rubio and her children thanks Iowans for “their wonderful hospitality in this past year.” “Please remember to come out and caucus for Marco,” she tells supporters with the Rubio’s four children by her side. “We need you and can’t do this without your support. Thank you and God bless.” 2016 Republican nomination, Donald Trump, Iowa caucuses, Jeanette Rubio, Marco Rubio, Ted…

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Jeb Bush doing whatever it takes to stay relevant

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Jeb Bush‘s supporters have spent $15 million on slickly produced ads to win over Iowa voters. Barely registering in the polls and increasingly desperate in the shadow of the Iowa caucuses, he’s now trying a cost-free, personal tactic: hugs. When 67-year-old Harrison Cass, Jr., of Waterloo, pledged to caucus for Bush Monday night, the former Florida governor jogged across a crowded town hall-style meeting to embrace him. “I give out hugs,” Bush said at the Cedar Falls event. “I’m from…

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Quinnipiac poll: First-time voters help boost Donald Trump’s lead

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With hours to go before the first votes are cast, a new poll shows Donald Trump’s lead widening, due in large part to support from likely first-time caucus goers. Trump holds a 7 point lead over Ted Cruz, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning. Trump is at 31 percent, followed by Cruz at 24 percent. Marco Rubio holds his third place position with 17 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 8 percent. Trump leads Cruz 40 percent…

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