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Sanders sees slight gain after Iowa review, Clinton still wins

MONTPELIER — An audit of the Iowa caucuses results has helped Sen. Bernie Sanders edge closer to Hillary Clinton, but she remains the victor, according to the Iowa Democratic Party. The party issued a statement Sunday saying it conducted a review over the past week “to ensure the accuracy of results.” Sanders’ campaign had raised questions about the accuracy of results in a handful of the 1,681 precincts. The party said it worked with the campaigns on the review. A total of 14 precincts were reviewed “on a case-by-case basis,” the party said, by reaching out to the precinct and county chairs “for a full accounting of the results.” Nine of the 14 precinct results were confirmed, but in five precincts reporting errors were found. After the review, the results showed Clinton won the caucuses by securing 49.84 percent of the state delegates. Continue Reading →

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Clinton takes caucuses — barely

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday afternoon, leaving both campaigns working to claim the narrative over what her slim margin over Sen. Bernie Sanders means. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the state party said Clinton won 700.59 state delegates to Sanders’ 696.82. Clinton won 49.8 percent of the available state delegates, while Sanders secured 49.6 percent. The close result is somewhat of a disappointment for Clinton, who pundits largely believed would easily defeat the Vermont senator, who was unknown on the national stage when he launched his campaign last May. The political scene in Iowa was quiet Tuesday after the candidates and most of the media following them cleared out late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Continue Reading →

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Sanders declares a “virtual tie,” but supporters see a victory

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Bernie Sanders declared the Democratic Iowa Caucuses a “virtual tie” Monday night against rival Hillary Clinton, content to take his campaign on to New Hampshire where he holds a commanding lead in the latest polls. “Tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders said, after taking the stage at his Iowa caucuses watch party. “It looks like we’ll have about half of the Iowa delegates.”

“What Iowa has done tonight is begin a political revolution,” he added, the crowding roaring its approval. Clinton, meanwhile, took the stage at her event before Sanders and told supporters she was “breathing a big sigh of relief.” She stopped short of declaring victory, but her aides spent time telling the major news networks that they considered her the winner. “What Iowa has done tonight is begin a political revolution.”
— Sen. Bernie SandersWith 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 1:45 a.m. early Tuesday morning, Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, had secured 49.9 percent of the state delegates up for grabs compared to the 49.6 percent won by Sanders. Continue Reading →

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