Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has officially been declared the winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses by all media outlets just an hour ago. She narrowly defeats Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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According to the Iowa Democratic Party, the former secretary of state received 699.57 state delegate equivalents, while Sanders was awarded 695.49.
The final results from Des Moines, the standout precinct, trickled in on Tuesday morning but took some time to see the results because they were nearly a tie - and when rounded, they are a tie percentage wise.
Several media outlets agreed earlier Tuesday morning that Clinton had edged out Sanders, including NBC, NPR and Reuters, but Sanders' campaign is contemplating a recount due to improper polling.
The Clinton campaign was quicker to announce their win and move on to New Hampshire, another state that will be a battle.
"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates. Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton's advantage," her campaign said in a statement.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley received just 8 of the state delegate equivalents and announced the suspension of his campaign.
Sanders still seems like he is going to fight back, however.
“While the results are not yet known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders said Monday night. He also showed how far his campaign has come: “We have no good organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition, and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America,” he said.
According to CNN, the results "are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history."
Clinton worked really hard in Iowa, in part because it is where President Obama pulled ahead in the 2008 election.
In his speech last night, Bernie continue to talk about the need for a change in who controls the government.
The political arm of MoveOn.org, which has endorsed Sanders, also spun the Iowa result as a tie, if not a win, for the senator.
“It is incredible that Bernie Sanders came from so far behind in just a few short months, closing a massive gap to end up in a virtual tie in the Iowa Caucus tonight," Ilya Sheyman, the progressive group's executive director, said Monday. "These results are a huge win for the Sanders campaign as well as the broader progressive movement to which Bernie is giving voice. The Sanders campaign leaves Iowa with the wind at its back and substantial momentum heading into New Hampshire."
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Clinton has come out ahead, but she will have to fight back quite a bit in order to secure the nomination of the Democratic party.