Sanders: Iowa Caucus Proves I’m Competitive No Matter Final Outcome

February 2, 2016 9:03 am

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.

“We’re going to fight really hard in New Hampshire and then we’re going to Nevada, to South Carolina. We’re doing well around the country,” Sanders continued.

Sanders said that he believes that when the African American and Latino communities in South Carolina and other states review his record, he will gain more support in the Democratic primary.

A final decision on the winner of the Democratic Iowa caucus has not yet been declared. Hillary Clinton’s campaign claimed victory early Tuesday morning with just one precinct not reporting.

The Iowa Democratic Party released a statement Tuesday morning with the results from all but one precinct. According to the statement, Clinton received 699.57 state delegate equivalents and Sanders received 695.49 state delegate equivalents without the final precinct. NBC News declared Clinton the “apparent winner.”

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