A day and a half later, we’re still waiting for final results from the Iowa caucuses. But with 71 percent of precincts reporting as of late Tuesday night, Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead — having earned the most “state delegate equivalents.”
By that count he is edging out Bernie Sanders, who has the lead among so-called first and final alignments — a closer measure of the popular vote. (If you hadn’t heard, the way the Iowa caucuses work is pretty complex.)
Mr. Buttigieg had staked his campaign on a big result in Iowa — and he may have done better than almost anyone expected. He sounded appreciative and fired-up on Tuesday, speaking in Laconia, N.H.: “A campaign that started a year ago with four staff members, no name-recognition, no money, just a big idea — a campaign that some said should have no business even making this attempt — has taken its place at the front of this race,” he told supporters.
Whether he finishes first or second, Mr. Buttigieg will take solid momentum with him into the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Like Iowa, the Granite State has relatively few nonwhite voters, and its primary is open to Republicans and independents as well as Democrats. That means there’s the potential for more moderate voters to participate who are distressed by President Trump but uninterested in liberal proposals. Still, Mr. Sanders has held a decisive lead in most New Hampshire polls over the past few weeks.
The partial caucus results have Elizabeth Warren in third, seemingly enough to earn her a few delegates at the convention. Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears on track for a distant fourth-place finish — between Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who ranked fifth in the early delegate-equivalent count. That would be a disappointment for him, setting up an urgent need for a strong finish in New Hampshire or Nevada.
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Troy Price, the head of the Iowa Democratic Party, said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that it’s a conversation that happens every four years: Does Iowa deserve to hold the first presidential nominating contest?
This time, though, the critique comes after a stunning crackup of the state’s prized caucuses.
Democratic officials who have long contended that Iowa is unrepresentative of voters nationally seized on the chaos of Monday night — partial results were not reported until late Tuesday afternoon — to argue that the state should not hold pride of place, reviving the criticism that its older, majority white population distorts Democrats’ vision of themselves as young and diverse. Read more here.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — The leading Democratic candidates are beginning the day in New Hampshire, which holds its primary next Tuesday, even as they keep an eye on results from Monday’s caucuses in Iowa.
The four senators running for president — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet — are also expected to be in Washington this afternoon for the final votes in President Trump’s impeachment trial, though his acquittal is virtually certain.
And several candidates — Joseph R. Biden Jr., Ms. Warren, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer — are scheduled to appear separately in hourlong “town halls” on CNN tonight, in which they will take questions from moderators and audience members. Four others will appear Thursday night. Those events will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, which is also hosting the next Democratic debate, on Friday night.
Here are the leading candidates’ schedules today:
Several candidates are scheduled to appear at a “Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall” in Concord this morning, including Pete Buttigieg, Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Yang.
Mr. Buttigieg has no other public events on his schedule, but has two fund-raisers lined up in New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Sanders is holding a town-hall-style event at an opera house in Derry this morning.
Ms. Warren is holding a get-out-the-vote event at Nashua Community College in the morning, and has her CNN town hall event in the evening.
Mr. Biden has a campaign event in Somersworth today, and his CNN appearance tonight.
Mr. Yang is holding events in Concord, Milford and Keene before heading to the CNN set.