With 100% of Iowa precincts reporting, Buttigieg's razor-thin lead remains

David Caplan
February 06, 2020 - 10:00 pm

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the New Hampshire Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  The Iowa Democratic Party late Thursday released its final batch of caucus results, finally upping the number of precincts reporting to 100%  -- and Pete Buttigieg retained the top spot earning 26.2% of delegates, a razor-thin lead over Bernie Sanders, who earned 26%.1 of delegates.

Following Buttigieg and Sanders were:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 18%

Joe Biden: 15.8%.

Amy Klobuchar: 12.3%

"That is fantastic news," Buttigieg said during a CNN town hall Thursday night, when it appeared that he had snagged Iowa. "We are looking to New Hampshire and beyond."

Following the announcement of the results on Tuesday, Buttigieg said in an interview with CNN, "I mean, this is definitely a victory for this campaign. I know we got some more math coming in, but any way you cut it, for a campaign that folks said had no business even daring to try to get on the stage a year ago, we've been able to do something extraordinary and it's a credit to the team, to the organizers that we have, to the values that they carried as they engaged with caucus goers and above all, I think, to the vision that we are offering to turn the page and move to the future."

Buttigieg appeared to choke up as he addressed supporters in New Hampshire after initial voting results from Iowa showed him leading the caucuses along with Bernie Sanders.

He said his success “validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong, in their own family that if you believe in yourself and your country, there's a lot backing up that belief."

It was an apparent nod to his status as the first openly gay candidate to be a major contender for the presidential nomination. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is married to his husband, Chasten, who was standing in the back of the room as Buttigieg spoke. Both have spoken of the difficulties of being gay in a conservative state.

Buttigieg notes that he is now in “a state that famously thinks for itself.” He said he has never been more confident in his campaign, his team and his vision for America.