Iowa rained on Donad Trump's parade Monday by choosing Ted Cruz as their choice for Republican candidate for the 2016 US presidential election. Cruz still has a long way to go in his quest to become the GOP's nationwide cadidate but he has taken the first real step.
The Democrat choice in Iowa went to Hillary Clinton in what is essentially a two-horse race. The Democratic presidential candidate will be either Bernie Sanders or Mrs Clinton.
Clinton however did not coast to victory and the Democratic vote seemed tied and too close to call until the wee small hours when team Hillary declared a win.
The Republicans, GOP, are a little more complicated.
Iowa was a testing ground for Donald Trump and in spite of successful rallies and polls indicating Trump was up there with the contenders he failed to shine.
Cruz secured 28% of the Iowa republican vote, Trump 24% and Marco Rubio came in third with 23% of the vote.
Those in the USA, UK and other parts of the world who feared a President Trump with a 'finger on the button' cannot sleep easy yet though.
As we have already said Iowa is just a pitstop in a long race but then there is Cruz himself.
According to the Democratic campaign Cruz would repeal every word of Obamacare, called contraceptives a made up issue, has immigration ideas that are just as extreme as Trump's and led a government shutdown that cost the US economy $24 million.
But that is the democrat's campaign view and in politics anything goes.
The voting plays out in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina during February before so-called super Tuesday on March 1.
And on and on the hugely expensive campaigns will trundle toward the final goal, the presidential election in November.