Real estate mogul Donald Trump took second place in Monday night's GOP Iowa caucus

By Andrea Park
Updated February 01, 2016 11:50 PM
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Shortly after the results came out, the Republican presidential candidate, whose normally hyper-active Twitter account went uncharacteristically silent as the votes rolled in, addressed his supporters at his Iowa campaign headquarters.

“I was told by everybody, ‘Do not go to Iowa. You could never finish even in the top 10,’ ” Trump recalled, adding that he told the doubters, “I think they’ll really like me. Let’s give it a shot.”

He continued, “We finished second and I want to tell you something: I’m just honored, I’m really honored. And I want to congratulate Ted [Cruz] and congratulate all of the incredible candidates. We’re just so happy with the way everything worked out.”

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The real estate mogul then turned his sights to New Hampshire, where the first primary of the campaign season will take place on Feb. 9, and where he is currently leading in statewide polls, according to RealClearPolitics.

“We’re going on now. We’re at 20 points ahead, okay? We love New Hampshire … and we’re leaving tonight. I think we’re going to be proclaiming victory [in New Hampshire], I hope,” Trump said. “We will go on to get the Republican nomination and we will go on to easily beat Hillary [Clinton] or Bernie [Sanders] or whoever the hell they throw up there.”

He ended his speech on a gracious note, saying, “Iowa, we love you, we thank you. You’re special. We will be back many, many times. In fact, I think I might come here and buy a farm. I love it.”