Student Faoiltiarna Keenan from Tyrone (centre) with  US ambassador Kevin O’Malley (right) and Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan taking a selfie at a Usit and CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchanges) orientation session at UCD  for J-1 participants  in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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Senator Bernie Sanders in Concord, New Hampshire, where he defeated Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/ Bloomberg

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Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Photographs: Reuters

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Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, will be hoping that unlike his performance in Iowa, he can convert a consistent poll performance into a victory at the New Hampshire primary. Photograph: David Goldman/ AP Photo

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) confers with fellow candidate Marco Rubio(right) during a break in the Republican presidential candidates debate on Saturday at St Anselm’s College Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photograph: Getty

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate, greets supporters after being declared the winner of the Iowa caucus during his campaign’s caucus night celebration at the Elwell Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, US, on Monday, February 1st, 2016.  Photograph: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Billionaire Donald Trump was dealt a blow in his bid to become Republican presidential nominee, losing to Texas senator Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses,(...)

A young supporter wears campaign stickers on her face as Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton speaks during a ‘get out to caucus’ event at Washington High School on January 30th in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Iowa caucuses: how they work
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  • February 1, 2016, 11:51

The battle for the US presidency shifts into a new gear with the start of states’ caucuses and primary elections in February 2016, beginning with the (...)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold narrow leads in the polls but voting in Iowa can be hard to predict. Photographs: Getty and Reuters

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Hillary Clinton and Democratic rival Bernie Sanders debating in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Timothy Clary/AFP/ Getty Images

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders participate in the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate. Photograph: AFP

Leading Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over guns, healthcare and money in the final debate before the first voters s(...)