It's Still Going: Sanders Saunters Into Virtual Tie With Buttigieg In Iowa

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It’s still not over in Iowa as the numbers are still being counted after the disaster on Monday that sent the Iowa caucus into a mess of confusion and delay.


Buttigieg looked like he was going to eke out a victory, but now, according to The Hill, Sanders has caught up and the two are in a virtual tie:

Former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are in a virtual tie in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to the latest results, released overnight.

With 97 percent of precincts now reporting, Buttigieg has 26.2 percent of state delegate equivalents and Sanders has 26.1 percent, a difference of 3 out of 1,097 votes.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) trails with 18.2 percent.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has 15.8 percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has 12.2 percent.

Though Sanders is only a step down from Buttigieg, the momentum may stay with the “democratic socialist,” and he may overcome Buttigieg in the last legs of this race. If he does, it will be a come from behind victory that few would actually be surprised by.


At this point, however, it’s a wonder that Iowa can be used as any kind of metric for future success thanks to all the oddities and delays that have happened. New Hampshire may be the metric that we’ll be judging Democrat candidates by, but only if everything there goes smoothly.

Tomorrow’s Democratic debate will also feature Michael Bloomberg, as the DNC has arranged the rules to be able to allow him onto the stage. This will also likely have an effect on the way New Hampshire looks, with many people being made aware of a “moderate” Democrat capable of replacing Joe Biden, who has fallen from first place to near the bottom.


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