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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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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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14 candidates qualify for presidential primary ballot

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos announced Tuesday that 14 presidential candidates have qualified to appear on the state’s March 1 primary ballot. According to Condos, 10 Republicans and four Democrats will be listed on the Super Tuesday ballot when Vermonters will select their choice for either the Republican and Democratic nomination for president. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Sanders shows spirit in latest Democratic debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A slugfest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton over the Sanders campaign accessing proprietary voter data of Clinton’s never materialized at the Democratic presidential debate Saturday, but differences over foreign and economic policies were highlighted. The Vermont senator and the former Secretary of State, New York senator and first lady sparred with spirit at the ABC debate at Saint Anselm College, while former Baltimore mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fought to inject himself into the fracas as his campaign continues to struggle for support. Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, had engaged in a high-stakes fight with the Democratic National Committee the day before the debate by filing suit against it in federal court. The DNC had temporarily blocked access to voter data it stores after several campaign staffers accessed proprietary data belonging to Clinton’s campaign. It restored Sanders’ access hours after he filed suit. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders nabs second big labor endorsement

ernie Sanders picked up a second major labor endorsement Thursday from the American postal Workers Union. The 200,000-strong union, a member of the AFL-CIO, is backing the 74-year-old Sanders in his bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination over rivals Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley. The union represents postal workers in all 50 states. The campaign released a statement from union President Mark Dimondstein, who called Sanders “a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service” and “a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.” The union cited Sanders’ efforts to opposed the closing of post offices and mail sorting facilities around the country, as well as his opposition to ending Saturday delivery. Sanders has also been a strong proponent of modernizing the U.S. Postal Service by adding banking services, copying and selling hunting and fishing licenses. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders wins debate on Twitter

ho won Tuesday night’s debate — Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? The answer, it seems, is both. And Democrats. Both Clinton, the presumed nominee for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, and Sanders, the oft-gruff insurgent aiming to usher in a political revolution, performed ably. There were moments of despair for both, too. Continue Reading →

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Sanders hits familiar notes in NH

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Democratic presidential hopefuls preached to the converted during the New Hampshire Democratic Convention on Saturday. More than 4,000 people — the largest turnout for a Democratic convention in the state — gathered at the Verizon Wireless Center to take in speeches and show their support for the five candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. While all five candidates were present, it is — at least in New Hampshire — a two-person race, with recent polling showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton. A new poll of likely voters from WBUR Boston — an affiliate of National Public Radio — shows Sanders with a narrow lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, 35 percent to 31 percent. Earlier this week, a poll from Monmouth College showed Sanders leading Clinton 43 percent to 36 percent. Continue Reading →

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Sanders begins weekend swing through Iowa

DES MOINES, IOWA — Sen. Bernie Sanders, fresh off a strong showing in a Wisconsin straw poll, will begin a weekend trip to the Hawkeye State this evening with a town meeting at Drake University. Sanders, Vermont’s junior senator, is looking to carry on the momentum he has seen at recent campaign events in Iowa, New Hampshire and Minnesota. The self-described democratic socialist remains far behind Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady, New York senator and secretary of state in the Democratic primary, according to national polls. Clinton is holding a formal campaign kick-off event in New York City on Saturday and is then expected to make her own trip to Iowa. Sanders, meanwhile, has been attracting large, enthusiastic crowds at campaign events since formally announcing his bid for the White House in Burlington, Vt., late last month. Continue Reading →

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