(USC Annenberg Media)
(USC Annenberg Media)

Despite a strong effort made by his camp, Donald Trump finished second place in the 2016 Republican Iowa caucuses on Monday.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won over Iowan Republican voters and Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio surged over retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, closely following Trump in third place.

In his concession speech, Trump said he was "honored" by his second place finish. He thanked volunteers and family. He even joked about buying a farm in Iowa, and said he looked forward to the New Hampshire primary.

On the day of, Trump spoke in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and West Des Moines. His wife Melania stood by his side, while the Trump children spoke on their father's behalf throughout the state.

Sons, Donald, Jr. and Eric, spoke to ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. Donald, Jr. also spoke to two different crowds in West Des Moines, and Eric traveled to Ankeny. Even Ivanka, who is eight months pregnant, Ivanka, stumped for her father in a Cedar Rapids hotel.

Trump did not participate in the final debate before the caucuses, put on by Fox News and Google. Instead, he hosted a rally to benefit veterans groups.

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