Election 2020

Trump Calls for 'New Election' Because of Cruz 'Fraud'

Donald Trump visits a campaign office Feb. 2, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Donald Trump is calling for a “new election” after Iowa, accusing first-place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) of committing election fraud.

On the evening of the Iowa caucuses, Trump gave a short concession speech saying he was “honored” to finish second and thanking the people of Iowa.

“I want to congratulate Ted and I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates, including Mike Huckabee, who’s become a really good friend of mine. So congratulations to everybody. Congratulations,” he said, referencing Huckabee’s withdrawal from the race.

“And we’re leaving tonight, and tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be in New Hampshire and that’ll be something special. It’s going to be a great week and we’re going to be up here next week. And I think we’re going to be proclaiming victory, I hope,” Trump continued, adding that he loved Iowa so much “I think I might come here and buy a farm.”

He referenced his debate ditch on Hannity last night: “I think I would have done probably a little bit better in Iowa had I not, you know, gone out and wanted to do that event for the vets.”

On MSNBC this morning, Trump sounded like he was OK with his Iowa showing. “I think probably it’s a place I could’ve won if I really went there more and did a little more work there,” he said. “But I was satisfied with it.”

Then, Trump hopped on Twitter.

Trump latched onto Ben Carson’s charge that Cruz’s campaign used “dirty tricks” by erroneously telling caucus-goers that Carson was dropping out of the race and their votes should go to Cruz.

Trump also brought up Cruz’s “voter shaming” mailer, which included grading information about the recipient’s voting history and that or his or her neighbors under the words “VOTING VIOLATION.”

“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses,” the mailer stated.