After months of anticipation, primary voters in Iowa finally headed to the polls Monday for the Iowa caucuses. While Democrats remained “too close to call” well into the night, it was clear who the top two finishers were on the Republican side – Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Within hours of the Iowa results being counted, the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA was prepared to help introduce voters in the rest of the country to the “The Frontrunners” of the Republican Party. Priorities USA was founded during the 2012 cycle to boost President Obama’s reelection, and is supporting Hillary Clinton this time around.

Meet “The Frontrunners” 

Priorities USA relies on the tried and true formula of using the Republicans’ own words against them. The ad alternates clips of Cruz and Trump making outrageous statements and defending extreme policies.

Cruz promises, “If I am elected President, we will repeal every word of Obamacare.” He calls for prosecuting Planned Parenthood and closing the Department of Education.

Trump defends his use of the racial slur “anchor baby” and claims, “I know more about ISIS than the generals do.” He refers to the country as a “hellhole” and calls for banning all Muslims from entering the United States.

The ad also includes “jokes” from the candidates: Cruz saying we’re going to find out “if sand can glow in the dark” (because he’d nuke the Middle East) and Trump observing, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”

The ad relies on on-screen text to make its argument: “America deserves better.” It then closes with a prescient quote from Trump that can be interpreted as commentary on the wisdom of Iowa voters making these two candidates their frontrunners: “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”

Are These the Frontrunners?

Though Cruz and Trump finished first and second in Iowa, experts can disagree whether they are indeed the frontrunners to capture the Republican nomination.

A tweet from former Congressman John Dingell bluntly summarized the importance of Cruz’s victory: “Congratulations to Ted Cruz on winning the critically important primary state that also gave us President Santorum and President Huckabee.” And Trump has drawn derision for an old tweet of his own quoting golfer Walter Hagen, “No one remembers who came in second.”

Trump has held a significant lead in New Hampshire polling, but it remains to be seen if his Iowa loss deflates his support elsewhere. And some pundits have noted that Rubio celebrated his third-place finish with a “victory speech;” he’ll seemingly have an inside track in the establishment lane if he can hold off John Kasich, Chris Christie, and a faltering Jeb Bush in the New Hampshire primary next week.

Whether or not Cruz or Trump can truly be considered the most likely to win the Republican nomination, Priorities USA is capitalizing on this opportunity to paint the entire Republican Party with the extremism of their current “frontrunners.”

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