Buttigieg, Sanders in near tie

Bernie Sanders declares 'decisive victory'

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We will update this article throughout the day with details on the Iowa Democratic caucus results.

With 100% of precincts reported, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are in a near tie in state delegates in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

The complete results, which were long-delayed after Monday’s caucuses, show Buttigieg, the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor, with 26.198% of delegate equivalents and Bernie Sanders with 26.128%, late Thursday evening. 

The head of the national Democratic Party has already demanded the results be recanvassed. That demand, plus potential errors in the count, mean that the results may not be final and will likely be disputed. 

AP says it is unable to declare a winner in the Iowa Democratic caucuses

The Associated Press on Thursday evening announced it is unable to declare a winner in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. 

“The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year’s caucus process, it is not possible to determine a winner at this point,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.

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