Trump says he did ‘very well’ in Iowa

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(CNN) — Donald Trump on Tuesday downplayed his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, saying he did “very well” and that he believes expectations may have been set too high.

“I think we did very well,” Trump told reporters in Milford, New Hampshire, where he was introduced and endorsed by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. “I guess what did happen is one poll came out that said we were four or five points ahead and maybe built up a false expectation for some people.”

Trump also said he performed far better in Iowa, where Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the caucuses, than he would have believed back when he launched his campaign in June.

“People didn’t talk about my second place,” Trump added. “They didn’t talk about it as positively as they should have.”

Trump said he doesn’t believe third-place finisher Marco Rubio will cut into his lead in New Hampshire, and said he believes he will peel off independent voters from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is the leading Democratic presidential candidate in the Granite State.

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary will be held on February 9.

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