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Donald Trump complains about the media and voters after his loss in Iowa

Donald Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz at Monday's Iowa caucuses — a big disappointment after polls showed him in the lead. So Trump's reaction, naturally, was to complain on Twitter about the media and voters.

Trump is obviously trying to put a positive spin on his second-place finish by arguing that it beat expectations. (As Vox's Andrew Prokop explained, this is essentially how the Iowa caucuses are evaluated: by who beats or falls under expectations.)

But this is a bit odd for Trump. The expectations game works through recent polling, which showed Trump ahead. So Trump really did disappoint — and many people think his pathetic ground game is to blame.

But most importantly, by Trump's own admission, second place makes him a loser:


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