AP Declares Clinton Victor in Iowa Sanders will not challenge By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Feb 2, 2016 12:36 PM CST 325 comments Comments Onto a new state: Hillary Clinton arrives at a campaign event Tuesday in Nashua, NH. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Newser) – It took some 17 hours after caucusing began, but the AP has finally declared Hillary Clinton the winner in Iowa. The state Democratic Party had Clinton with 49.8% of the vote and Sanders with 49.6%, reports the Des Moines Register. And the results will stand: State party officials say there will be no recount, and the Bernie Sanders campaign says it will not challenge. Now it's onto New Hampshire, where both sides have reason to worry and celebrate the razor-thin margin in Iowa. (Details on that here.) The state party chairwoman tells the Register that the race was the closest in the history of the Iowa caucus.