Iowa winner: Hillary Clinton celebrates with husband Bill and daughter Chelsea. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

So what happened in Iowa on Monday?  After months of bluster, polls and speculation, the US presidential race kicked off with the midwestern s(...)

“It’s time to end the very artful smear that you  have been carrying out.” Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

US presidential hopefuls campaigned hard in New Hampshire, the second state to vote on Tuesday, as Hillary Clinton looks to shake off an unconvincing(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Claremont on Tuesday. Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The idea that young female voters would like to see a woman in the White House, yet they vote for a 74-year-old male senator, speaks volumes about the(...)

Presidential candidate Donald Trump  claimed Ted Cruz “stole” the Republican caucuses and accused him of “fraud”. Photograph: Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Billionaire Donald Trump, smarting from his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, the country’s first presidential nominating contest, has escala(...)

Both pro- and anti-choice sides were dumbfounded by the outcome. The accused had been acquitted, the accusers indicted. The spectacular backfire might have been less of a surprise (although would still have been surprising) in Manhattan or San Francisco. But in Sheldon country?

Until just last week, the only thing many of us knew about Harris County is that it is located in east Texas, where Sheldon Cooper comes from. Sheld(...)

In a series of complaints on his Twitter account, Donald Trump said: “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it”. Cruz’s team hit back by telling Trump to seek help for addiction to the social media site. Photograph:  Scott Eisen/Bloomberg

Campaigning for the Republican nomination at the US presidential election took a nasty turn on Wednesday with billionaire businessman Donald Trump ac(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters on a plane en route to New Hampshire in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2016. Sanders and Hillary Clinton were locked in an intensely tight race in the Iowa caucuses. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

In the opening contests of the 2016 race for the White House, Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate described as a “mountebank”, has upstaged Donald Trump,(...)

The voters at the Iowa caucuses have thrown the cat among the pigeons. It was a good night for angry, alienated voters on both sides of the aisle, for(...)

Democratic frontunner Hillary Clinton’s voting precinct leaders check final counts before her victory  by five delegates to Bernie Sanders’s four, in Simpson Barn, Johnston, a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. Photograph: Simon Carswell

“Come on over here, I’ll give you some ice cream,” says a Martin O’Malley supporter, trying to encourage a Bernie Sanders man to defect to the long-sh(...)

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio waves to supporters. Photograph:  Dave Kaup/Reuters

Donald Trump is a loser. He won’t like being called that but he is, missing out in Iowa’s caucuses, the crucial first vote in the Republican president(...)