MANCHESTER, N.H. — Voters bring clarity to the fog of campaigns, and Iowans made one thing clear: We'll stay in the fog for quite a while.
Iowa Republicans handed victory to Ted Cruz, humbled Donald Trump and threw a strong lifeline to Marco Rubio. But they hardly settled the Republican race, which here in New Hampshire now provides an opportunity for John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie to step up.
Iowa Democrats gave the narrowest of victories to Hillary Clinton, still a strong favorite to win her party's nomination. But the robust showing by her "democratic socialist" challenger Bernie Sanders will only invigorate his supporters here, where he begins the weeklong sprint to primary day with a solid lead.
That means both parties face the prospect of extended slugfests before they can unite their ranks and prepare for a general election that analysts on both sides expect to be close.