In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump is a sore loser after losing to Ted Cruz in Iowa.
He sent out a series of tweets today, accusing Cruz of "fraud" and "stealing Iowa" by lying to and misleading voters. And Trump says that is why the Iowa polls were so wrong. But luckily for Trump, he is still ahead in New Hampshire, 24 points ahead of his closest competitor.
The results are similar on the Democrats' side, with Sanders holding onto a 29-point lead. That margin grows wider when you look at the breakdown according to age. Sanders leads Clinton 84% to 14% in the 17-29 age bracket, according to Iowa exit polls.
Vennochi believes that the disparity in the polls comes down to trust. "They believe in Bernie. They can trust him."
His message "is a very appealing message," says Vennochi.
Sze, whose app, Agora, brings democracy into the digital age with online town halls, believes that "technology is empowering Sanders." It's "a virtual engagement," in which people "feel like their voices are being heard."
Vennochi and Sze agreed that millennials are focused on the issues, rather than the gender of the politician or their political history. The biggest issue that millennials care about on Agora is "income inequality," says Sze.
Levine cited "college students" as the reason for Sanders' lead in Iowa's younger voters. But he "would like to put the emphasis on how badly [Clinton] is doing," rather than focusing on Sanders' high poll numbers. "I think she has had a hard time suggesting a positive vision," said Levine. "Outreach pays."
Millennials want their voices to be heard, they care about their important issues (ie. income inequality) over political acumen, they are connected digitally and they appreciate authenticity. And these are likely the "major keys" to success in winning their vote in the 2016 election.