Des Moines, Iowa

Cruz bests Trump; Clinton, Sanders tied in first US presidential vote

Cruz won 28 per cent of the vote to Trump's 24 per cent, with 99 per cent of precincts reporting, according to broadcaster CNN.

US presidential candidates make final pitches in Iowa

Candidates in the race for US president criss-crossed Iowa Saturday, speaking at rallies and meeting voters in a final push to win support ahead of all-important caucuses on Monday.