With the full force of the Trump Machine and the openly hostile media against him, Texas Senator Ted Cruz pulled out a significant win in Iowa Monday, beating frontrunner Donald Trump by four points. All the polls had Cruz trailing by about 5 leading up to the vote, making the results a dramatic 9-point swing.
So how did Cruz do it? He did it by winning over both men and women, young and old.
Cruz earned a total of 28 percent of the vote, with Trump and Marco Rubio in a tight contest for second, 24, 23, respectively—an impressive showing for Rubio, who no one expected would pull out a percent that high. CNN's exit polls found that Cruz not only won, but pulled voters from every major category.
Cruz won the most men (29%) and women (27%) of all the candidates. He also earned the most votes of every age category: 17-29 (27%), 30-44 (31%), 45-64 (28%), 65+ (27%).
When education level is included, Cruz does not win all the categories, but performs well among all groups. He earned the most votes from those who attended college (32%), while Trump earned the most who did not (32%) and Rubio took the largest share of college graduates and post-graduates (27% and 29%, respectively).
Here are some of the results broken down by gender, age, and education provided by CNN: