Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Updated at 1:12 p.m.

A spokesman for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told the Associated Press on Tuesday morning that the campaign is "still assessing" whether it will ask for a recount of the Iowa Democratic caucus.

The comment from Sanders' campaign follows reports from CNN and The Guardian that Sanders would like to see the final vote counts, but it's not clear exactly what the campaign has asked for.

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Dr. Ben Carson on Tuesday morning accused supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of telling voters at Iowa precincts that Carson had dropped out of the race, encouraging them to vote for Cruz instead.

Before the vote was called on Monday night, Carson said that his rivals had employed "dirty tricks" and circulated rumors that the retired neurosurgeon had dropped out. Carson on Monday clarified that he was still in the race and addressed reports that he was headed for vacation in Florida after the Iowa caucus. His campaign said he was merely headed to get a fresh set of clothes.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in the wee hours of Tuesday morning that he was still unsure of the final results in the Iowa caucus, but he believes that the race in Iowa proves the strength of his campaign no matter what.

"Whether we lose by a fraction of a point or we win or whatever, we're very proud of the campaign that we won. And I think the significance is, for folks who did not think Bernie Sanders could win, that we could compete against Hillary Clinton, I hope that that thought is now gone," Sanders told CNN just after he got off a plane in New Hampshire.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday morning said that voters who pushed him to a third place finish in the Republican Iowa caucus decided that he would be able to unify and grow the Republican party.

According to a NBC News entrance poll, Rubio earned votes from 29 percent of Iowa voters who made up their mind in the last few days, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received support from 24 percent of those who recently decided and Donald Trump received 14 percent.

On ABC's "Good Morning America," Rubio was asked what message from his campaign encouraged voters to choose him in the last few days.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign on Tuesday morning claimed victory in the Iowa caucus, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had yet to concede the race and results were not yet final.

"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus. After thorough reporting – and analysis – of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates. Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton's advantage," Matt Paul, Clinton's Iowa state director, said in a statement around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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Donald Trump was a little confused by communion while attending services at a church in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Sunday.

When the communion plates were passed at the nondenominational First Christian Orchard Campus, Melania Trump and two campaign staffers both participated in communion. However, Trump at first thought it was time for the offering and pulled out bills from his pockets, according to the Associated Press.

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The four occupiers who remain at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon say that they can no longer make calls or access the Internet.

Three of the remaining militiamen cannot make or receive calls, while David Fry, the group's self-appointed tech guru, can still receive incoming calls, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. The occupiers told Oregon Public Broadcasting that they are not sure whether power to the refuge has been cut off since they have been using a generator.

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Donald Trump on Sunday denied making comments about the looks of a female former staffer for his campaign who on Thursday filed a sex discrimination complaint against the Republican presidential candidate.

Elizabeth Mae Davidson, a former field organizer for the Trump campaign in Davenport, Iowa, wrote in her complaint that male staffers were paid more and that women were not allowed to speak at rallies, according to the New York Times. She also said that Trump told her and a female volunteer, "You guys could do a lot of damage."

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