On Thursday night, three days after the Iowa caucuses began, the Iowa Democratic Party finally released the full results of the caucuses, and both former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared victory. Despite claiming to release 100 percent of the results, the Democratic Party did not say how many national delegates each candidate had received.
The final slate of results dropped just before Buttigieg appeared at a CNN town hall event at 9 p.m. Eastern. CNN’s Chris Cuomo told the former mayor that he just barely edged out Bernie in the state delegate equivalents, the number that matters for apportioning delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Buttigieg leads by 26.2 percent to Sanders’ 26.1 percent.
“Well, it’s fantastic news to hear that we won,” Buttigieg responded. “First of all I want to say, first of all, Senator Sanders clearly had a great night, too, and I congratulate him and his supporters.”