The week starts off with a mess in the Iowa Democratic caucus….
AP won’t call a winner…
But it WAS Pete Buttigieg…..
The loser was Joe Biden….
After a flawed Iowa caucus process, the Senate acquittal of President Trump, and adramatic State of the Union address — all in the past five days — Friday night brings the eighth Democratic presidential debate.
Of the 11 candidates still running for president, only seven will take the debate stage in Manchester, N.H., tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
The debate comes a day after all the results finally came in from Iowa, but The Associated Press announced it was unable to officially declare a winner. That leaves a virtual tie in place between former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — with Buttigieg leading by 0.1% percent and Sanders holding more of the popular vote.
The delayed results dominated a sizable portion of the candidates’ week leading up to Friday’s debate — and unlike in previous election cycles where the winner of the Iowa caucuses takes the winning momentum into New Hampshire, the delays this year created an unprecedented feeling of collective victory among several major candidates.
Sen. Bernie Sanders in particular heads into the New Hampshire debate as a solid front-runner, fresh off a strong but delayed Iowa-finish, $25 million raised in January alone, and a sizable lead in the Granite State poll.
Specifically — according to the RealClearPolitics average — Sanders tops New Hampshire polls at 26%, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (18%), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (16%), and Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (14%.)…
Cool NY Times interactive piece