Hillary Clinton has declared herself the winner for the Democratic party at the 2016 Iowa caucus. In the closest vote ever, Hillary’s camp points out that her competitor Bernie Sanders, will not be able to receive the most national and state delegates, even once the remaining precinct’s votes come in.
It was a much better go-around in Iowa for Hillary Clinton this time…but the vote wound up being a total nail-biter. With the votes between Clinton and Bernie Sanders being so close, a winner still hasn’t officially been named hours later, but Hillary is certain that she’s come out on top.
“Tonight we saw an historically close Iowa Democratic Caucus that featured one of our strongest turnouts ever and passion and energy from Democrats all across our states,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire said in a statement. “Hillary Clinton has been awarded 699.57 state delegate equivalents, Bernie Sanders has been awarded 695.49 state delegate equivalents, Martin O’Malley has been awarded 7.68 state delegate equivalents and uncommitted has been awarded .46 state delegate equivalents.”
Talk about a close call! “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national state delegate. Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton’s advantage,” Hillary’s Iowa state director added, explaining that even if Bernie is awarded the remaining 2.28 delegates from the Des Moines precinct, he will be unable to surpass Hillary’s 699.57 delegates.
But the state party still isn’t ready to make the call official. “The results tonight are the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history,” McGuire revealed. “We will report that final precinct when we have confirmed those results with the chair.” Meanwhile, on the Republican side, things were more clear-cut — Ted Cruz was named the winner, beating out Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, among other potential candidates.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of these results? Are you shocked that the vote was so close?