Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign declared victory in Iowa early Tuesday morning, after a long night locked in a “virtual tie” with Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Both the former secretary of state and the Vermont senator garnered roughly 49 percent, but with nearly all results in, Clinton had reportedly secured a margin of victory that can’t be overcome with the remaining votes in the arcane caucus math.
“After thorough reporting—and analysis—of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates,” said Clinton’s Iowa state director, Matt Paul.
Paul added that it would be impossible for Sanders to overcome Clinton’s numbers.
Clinton reportedly won about four more state delegate equivalents than Sanders, with one precinct yet to report totals.
Late Monday, Clinton was undeterred even when she hadn’t yet won, hosting a victory party during which she said she was “breathing a sigh of relief” even when the results were unclear. “What an incredible night,” she said. Despite final polling data favoring a clear Clinton victory in the first-in-the-nation caucus, the race came down to a several thousand votes, and a razor-thin margin that resulted in a “too-close-to-call” election for much of the night. Read more at Bloomberg News.