Iowa caucuses mark ‘beginning of the end’ for Trump, Sanders says

Henrietta Brewer
February 4, 2020

No one voted for former Vice President Joe Biden.

A report from Politico indicated that the phone line into the Democratic party was not working, and that some precinct chairs were being told to take cellphone photos of the results and text them to an executive director.

Held across almost 1,700 sites, the Iowa vote offers a critical early look at the viability of the 11 Democrats still in the race - even though just 41 delegates are up for grabs, a fraction of the 1,991 needed to secure the nomination in July.

TV6 has a crew in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, where the results of tonight's caucuses will be announced. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in fifth. And the candidates who might have exited the race after a poor result will instead soldier on to New Hampshire, where the first-in-the-nation primary has never been plagued by such delays.

"If you assume that self-reported results have a bias analogous to when campaigns release internal polls -which I don't know is the correct assumption but I can't think of a better one? - this would imply a tossup between Sanders and Buttiegieg", polling guru Nate Silver wrote on Twitter.


But with organizers yet to publish any official results four hours in, the tension was palpable among caucus-goers and Democratic campaigns - while in television studios news anchors were left filling in the blanks with guesswork.

Sanders agreed that a Sanders victory in Iowa would reflect the weakness of Biden's candidacy.

"If Biden's numbers start to crater, and Sanders racks up a few state victories, as seems likely, he will very likely to scoop up a plurality of Biden supporters", opined Cooper.

Over the weekend the tradition of the Des Moines Register poll being released just before the Iowa caucuses came to a halt when pollsters were accused of improper questioning.

Numerous candidates will head to New Hampshire on Tuesday, which holds its primary on February 11.


At some locations, both Republicans and Democrats are gathering to caucus.

"I imagine - have a strong feeling - that, at some point, the results will be out", Sanders said.

"We don't know all the results", Buttigieg said.

Only 17 voters took part in the Paris caucus, so the result says little about the political direction of a state where some 200,000 people are expected to caucus overall Monday.


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