An Iowa Tie Might Be Bad News for Sanders
Not that Clinton should be whooping it up, either
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2016 9:52 AM CST
Bernie Sanders speaks during a caucus night party on Monday in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are so ridiculously close in Iowa that the AP still hasn't called the race. A look at what the outcome means for both campaigns:

  • One common theme: The virtual tie is an OK result for Clinton but an "ominous one" for Sanders, as this New York Times analysis argues. The thinking: Iowa Democrats are a white and liberal bunch, and Sanders should have done better.
  • An analysis at the Week makes a similar case, with a headline referring to Sanders' "stinging defeat." If he can't win here, he's likely in big trouble in a national race, it notes.
  • Vox has a much more optimistic take about Sanders' "remarkably strong" performance and chalks it up to young voters.
  • Along those lines, John Cassidy at the New Yorker calls Sanders the night's "big winner." He "confirmed his capture of the Party's under-forty wing, which means trouble for Hillary Clinton"—especially if the rising Marco Rubio ends up as the GOP nominee.

  • Politico has a glum analysis for Camp Clinton: When this campaign started, Iowa was supposed to be a resounding victory, not a "tentative first step." Clinton's "inability to ride a first-class ground organization to triumph underscores the candidate's weakness and the lack of a message that resonates with primary voters."
  • A similar take at the Washington Post: Sanders did well with liberals, young voters, and independents, writes Karen Tumulty. "The photo finish showed that Republicans are not the only voters looking for qualities beyond experience and electability."