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A Big First for Bernie as Iowa Caucuses Loom

Sanders leads other candidates in new poll out of the Hawkeye State

(Newser) - When Bernie Sanders had a heart attack in October, whispers started that it was the beginning of the end of the Vermont senator's campaign for the Oval Office. Tell that to the people of Iowa, where Sanders, for the first time, took the lead there among all Democratic candidates... More »

For First Time in Iowa, 3 'Winners' Are Possible

New rules could muddle the picture

(Newser) - Anyone expecting February's Iowa caucuses to add a little clarity to the Democratic race might want to adjust those expectations. As the Des Moines Register reports, new rules this year make it possible that three different candidates could emerge from the Feb. 3 caucuses claiming to be the winner.... More »

Iowa Poll Finds a New Order Among Democrats

Buttigieg moves to the top tier, with 25% saying he's their first choice

(Newser) - There's a new leader in the Democratic presidential field in Iowa, by one count, and it's not all that close. Pete Buttigieg is the first choice of 25% of Democratic voters who say they're likely to attend the party's caucuses, a new Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa... More »

Iowa Party to Host Critical Event

Democrats to meet at dinner that has remade past races

(Newser) - The campaign trips to Iowa are becoming more frequent, the pleas to voters more urgent and the potential for coming up short more vivid. The three-month sprint to the Iowa caucuses begins Friday with more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates making their increasingly urgent pitches at the state party'... More »

Biden Drops, Buttigieg Surges in Latest Iowa Poll

Ex-VP is now at 18%, Warren at 17%, and Buttigieg at 13%; Harris, Sanders in single digits

(Newser) - A lot can change in four months, and new polling in Iowa suggests seismic shifts among the ever-changing top tier of Democratic presidential candidates. Per a new Suffolk University/USA Today survey of 500 likely Democratic caucus attendees, it's now a three-way race between Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and, in... More »

A First for Warren in the Polls

She surges in Iowa, leaving Biden in No. 2

(Newser) - There is a new top dog in Iowa polling, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren having put the nation's former No. 2 politician Joe Biden firmly into the No. 2 spot: She now leads him 22% to 20%, marking the first time the former vice president has trailed in the Des ... More »

DNC Is Nervous About 2 Virtual Caucuses

Democrats are nervous about virtual caucuses in Nevada and Iowa

(Newser) - The Democratic National Committee will recommend scrapping state plans to offer virtual, telephone-based caucuses in 2020 because of security concerns, sources tell the AP . The final choice whether to allow virtual caucuses in Iowa and Nevada is up to the party's powerful Rules and Bylaws Committee. But opposition from... More »

Now in 2 States, a 'No-Excuse Option' for Dems Voting in Caucuses

DNC mandate in Iowa, Nevada aims to boost voter participation by allowing for phone voting

(Newser) - Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states' traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, per plans unveiled by the state parties. The tele-caucus systems, the result of a mandate from... More »

Iowa Poll Has Biden Leading and Warren in the Wings

Three candidates are bunched in second place

(Newser) - For voters planning to attend Democratic caucuses in Iowa, at least, the presidential field is getting clarity. Joe Biden resides at the top, followed by a rung that includes Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom/CNN poll shows. The former vice president has the caucus vote... More »

In Iowa, Warren Faces Question on DNA Test

Potential 2020 candidate says 'I am not a person of color'

(Newser) - There are a whopping 666 days to go until the 2020 presidential election, but potential candidate Elizabeth Warren was in Iowa this weekend and faced a question on the subject of her claim to Cherokee ancestry: "Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder... More »

Review Shrinks Clinton's Iowa Victory Margin

Party won't release raw vote count

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's razor-thin margin of victory in Iowa just shrank even more. The Iowa Democratic Party says that after reviewing the counts from 14 of the 1,681 Democratic precincts, errors were found in five precincts that cut her lead over Bernie Sanders from 0.27% to 0.25%,... More »

Des Moines Register Editorial: Democrat Caucuses a 'Debacle'

It's time for change, editorial insists

(Newser) - Questions are still flying about the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were separated by just two-tenths of 1%. Stories are going around of inconsistent counts, a lack of voter registration forms, and crowded rooms full of confused voters and untrained volunteers, write the editors of... More »

Trump: Cruz 'Illegally Stole' Iowa Victory

He's now demanding the results be nullified

(Newser) - Donald Trump's concession speech after his Iowa defeat seemed a bit out of character , but fear not: The billionaire was back to his usual self on Wednesday, alleging in a tweet that "Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he illegally stole it." The tweet was quickly deleted... More »

Myth-Busting: Coin Tosses Didn't Decide Iowa Race

Besides, Sanders won several of them, too

(Newser) - Lots of headlines floating around Tuesday suggested that Hillary Clinton eked out her win in Iowa thanks to coin flips. Not so much, explains NPR . For starters, contrary to initial reports that Clinton had gone a remarkable 6-for-6, it turns out there were several more flips involved, and Sanders won... More »

AP Declares Clinton Victor in Iowa

Sanders will not challenge

(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... More »

Trump Wakes Up to Indignity

The schadenfreude is strong the morning after his Iowa caucus loss

(Newser) - Ted Cruz beat out Donald Trump last night in the Iowa caucuses, and even though Trump gave an uncharacteristically gracious concession speech , he didn't escape the media pokes this morning. A roundup of some of the more irreverent reactions:
  • More than one headline incorporated Trump's trademark "
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First to Drop: O'Malley, Huckabee

Democrat ends bid before the Iowa shouting is even over; Huck closely follows

(Newser) - Martin O'Malley, running a distant third in a tight Democratic race and having collected zero delegates and less than 1% of the vote in Iowa , is the first casualty as the nation casts its first votes in the 2016 presidential election, report the AP and Talking Points Memo . O'... More »

Iowa Caucuses: Cruz Wins It

And so Election 2016 begins...

(Newser) - The doors closed and the Iowa caucuses officially got underway at 7pm local time, with the two leading questions of the night being, quite simply, Trump or Cruz? Sanders or Clinton? The answer on the Republican side came roughly 2.5 hours later: CNN, AP, and NBC News called the... More »

How O'Malley Could Crown Iowa's Winner

Caucuses' quirky rules could make him more powerful

(Newser) - Martin O'Malley may be in a position to swing the Iowa caucuses toward either of his Democratic rivals—but the perpetually third-place candidate says that won't happen. As the Wall Street Journal explains, a candidate who lacks 15% of caucus-goers at any of Iowa's 1,600 caucus... More »

In Cruz vs. Trump, One Iowa Number Matters Most

More voters means better chances for Donald, and there's a tipping point

(Newser) - Despite Ted Cruz trying to shame Iowa residents into coming out to vote in Monday's caucuses , he may not want too many of them to show up, unless he knows for sure they're voting for him. Per Politico , voter turnout will prove critical in the race between him... More »

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