With NO Democratic results released?….
Here we GO!
Joe Biden’s core message was electability, but the former vice president failed to consolidate support among the majority of Iowa caucus-goers who said choosing a candidate who can beat President Trump was their first priority, according to preliminary entrance polls conducted Monday night.
Just under one-quarter of electability-focused voters supported Biden, while a similar percentage backed former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) each drew about 15 percent support among this group.
By contrast, Biden received only 5 percent support among caucus-goers who said it was most important to nominate a candidate they agree with. Sanders led among this group with 36 percent support.
Because of technical problems, no winner has been called. In fact, the state Democratic Party has still not released any official numbers. It’s therefore important to emphasize the preliminary and anecdotal nature of what we know, but there’s a body of evidence that points to a bad night for Biden.
“It’s a very close race among the top three candidates (Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg) and Biden came a distant fourth,” tweetedWarren chief strategist Joe Rospars.
“With the numbers we’ve seen internally and publicly, we’re running even or ahead of Vice President Biden,” said Klobuchar campaign manager Justin Buoen.
Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz pushed back on his counterparts. “Our own model shows that Biden overperformed in key districts we needed to be competitive in and we feel confident that this is a tight race with bunched up candidates,” he said in a statement that offered no specifics or numbers. “When it comes to the final outcome of the caucuses, this is still a competition for delegates, and the winner will continue to be based on State Delegate Equivalents. We believe that we have won our fair share of them.”…
Pete Buttigieg plowed ahead Tuesday with his claims of victory in the Iowa caucuses despite no reporting of results from the state Democratic Party, as he blitzed the morning shows to try to solidify the narrative that he was the clear winner.
In a memo released early Tuesday morning, Buttigieg’s campaign shared its unverified internal data from more than 1,200 precincts.
“It was an extraordinary night, and we are absolutely victorious coming into New Hampshire,” Buttigieg said in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”….
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pledged to supporters that he would do “very, very well” when the results of the Iowa caucuses finally come in — whenever that may be.
The caucuses descended into a debacle late Monday night as results were delayed past midnight Eastern Time.
The reasons for the delay remain unclear, although there have been persistent reports that an app used for reporting results malfunctioned.
Sanders addressed the problem at the beginning of his remarks, noting wryly that he had a “strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced.”
Sanders had been the favorite to win the caucuses, where he has led in most recent polls and drawn larger crowds than any other candidate.
But there is no way of knowing yet whether he has been deprived of a critical boost or has avoided a political embarrassment by the delay in the results….