Clinton had been declared front-runner in Iowa last summer, as she hopes to overturn her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic caucuses in the state. While Sanders (I-Vt.), resounding a call about economic inequities for the middle class, narrowed the margin in Iowa into a very tight match in the final days.
With 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Clinton had 49.8 percent of the vote to Sanders’s 49.6 percent. Clinton she is joined by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea. She addressed her supporters even before the final tally was in, saying she was “breathing a sigh of relief.”
“It is rare that we have the opportunity we have now to have a real contest of ideas, to really think hard about what the Democratic Party stands for” Clinton said. “I am excited about really getting into the debate with Senator Sanders about the best way forward to fight for us and America.”
Sanders, also joined by wife, Jane, appeared in front of a jubilant crowd that chanted “Feel the Bern!” He declared that his tough fight against Clinton sent a clear message to the political and media establishment that “given the enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics.”
The night also began by separating boys from the men. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, the third major Democratic candidate, had a very low support as a result of this suspended his campaign Monday night. As he announces it on national TV he said “I’m suspending the presidential run but not ending the fight. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee followed suit by suspended his GOP campaign.
The crowded Republican field and lively debates appeared to foster an increased interest in the race. The total count of record of people who took part in the GOP caucuses is 185,000 overtaking the 2012 turnout by 5.4 percent, according to estimates from Edison Media Research. http://www.whorunsgov.com/clinton-vs-sanders-iowa-caucuses-prequel/03095