Iowa Caucus ends in close results

Tommy Yarrish, Multimedia and Communications Editor

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The Iowa Caucus was the first step on the road to presidential hopefuls’ earning their respective parties nomination to run for President of the United States. Voters headed to caucus locations in Iowa to cast their votes on the candidate they would like to see nominated in their preferred party. While it doesn’t determine the nominee right then and there, it gives citizens an idea of who they could see in November. 

Often criticized and, the process did not go as planned, and it wasn’t because of a candidate gaining popularity out of nowhere. Technological issues with coding inside an app which was used to count the votes without any chance of interference caused hours upon hours of delays and not a single clue of who would be ahead. The first results weren’t released until the day after, and even then the data released most likely had errors intermixed in it. 

Later in the week, the New York Times posted 99% of the results and on the Democratic side, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg barely edged out Senator Bernie Sanders 26.2% to 26.1%. Senator Elizabeth Warren came in third with 18%, former Vice President Joe Biden finished fourth with 15.8%, and Senator Amy Klobuchar rounded out the top five with 12.3% of votes. 

President Trump had a landslide victory on the Republican side of the caucuses, as he won in every county in Iowa, and ended up with a total 97.1% of the votes.

The candidates’ next focus is the state of New Hampshire, as it’s the first primary along the campaign trail. The eighth Democratic debate between candidates held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2002, had many experts predicting a rise in percentages for Klobuchar.

New polls suggest Buttigieg is still the front runner, with Sanders trailing close behind. The polls in New Hampshire open on Tuesday, November 11.