Donald Trump accuses Ted Cruz of fraud, resulting in votes that didn't truly belong to him

Two days after the Iowa caucus closed out, with Senator Ted Cruz in the lead and Donald Trump a close contender, The Donald is demanding a repeat of the Iowa caucus, claiming that Cruz won the caucus unfairly.

It seems a large part of this theory stems from the fact that Ben Carson decided to deliver his speech early on caucus day, February 1, and return home. According to the Business Insider,that same day Steve King, a supporter of Ted Cruz, erroneously tweeted that it looked like Dr.

Ben Carson had withdrawn from the race. "Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope."

CNNreporter Chris Moody responded to King's message, stating that Dr. Carson was only flying home for a bit of rest and relaxation, and although he would not be going to New Hampshire and South Carolina, he would be in attendance for the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday.

Moody followed up this tweet with another that stated Carson's campaign said he would return on Wednesday, instead.

Steve King responded, "Skipping NH & SC is the equivalent of suspending. Too bad this information won't get to all caucus goers."

These messages, coupled by the fact that the Cruz campaign mailed out voter violation papers in an attempt to bring in voters, have led Donald Trump to accuse Ted Cruz of fraud, and demand the Iowa caucus be repeated.

Too little too late

After receiving so much backlash for his underhanded dealing prior to the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz came out with an apology to Dr. Ben Carson, who called the tactics of Cruz "dirty tricks". The apology came too late, however, as the damage was already done. Cruz sent voters to the caucus under the impression that Carson was no longer a viable voting option.

Why would this upset Donald Trump? Without the extra votes that should have gone to Carson, Cruz may not have beat Trump in the Iowa caucus, or at least might have closed the gap considerably. Is that enough reason to demand that the Iowa caucus be repeated? Donald Trump believes so.