Deadlocked in Iowa: Clinton, Sanders virtually tied
With 99 percent of Iowa precincts reporting, former Secretary of State Clinton has managed to win 49.8 percent of the vote. Vermont Senator Sanders earned 49.6 percent.
"Nine months ago we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money… and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the Unites States of America,” said Sanders.
"What Iowa has begun tonight is a political revolution."
I don't think I've ever seen Sanders so visibly pumped as he is tonight. pic.twitter.com/kJCJMnkYoW— Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) February 2, 2016
The AP will not declare winner in Iowa Democratic caucuses at this time because of the closeness of the race between Clinton and Sanders.— The Associated Press (@AP) February 2, 2016
For Clinton supporters, the tight race with Sanders will be a disappointment. Her campaign spent nearly a year building a massive get-out-the-vote operation in Iowa.
In remarks to her supporters, Clinton welcomed a "contest of ideas" with Sanders.
"I stand here tonight, breathing a big sigh of relief - thank you Iowa,” added Clinton, who in 2008 lost the Iowa primary to then-Senator Barack Obama.
"I am a progressive, who gets things done," Clinton says. "Chance to to have a real contest of ideas."— Caitlin Huey-Burns (@CHueyBurnsRCP) February 2, 2016
"It is rare we have the opportunity we do now, to have a contest of ideas," she said. "To think hard about what the Democratic Party stands for. I am a progressive who get things done for people."
The self-declared democratic socialist from Vermont, Senator Sanders, has drawn a big, youthful crowd across the state.
"We will struggle tonight if the voter turnout is low. That's a fact," Sanders told volunteers and supporters ahead of the caucuses, according to the Associated Press.
Six in 10 Democratic caucus-goers said they wanted a candidate who would continue Obama administration policies. Young voters overwhelmingly backed Sanders.