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Welcome to NNS live coverage of the 2020 Iowa Democratic Caucuses

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2/10/20

10:59 a.m.

The results are in from the Iowa Caucuses. The results are listed below. According to the New York Times, the Sanders campaign will request a recanvass. — John Eirinberg

Buttigieg – 13 delegates

Sanders – 12 delegates

Warren – 8 delegates

Biden – 6 delegates

Kloubachar – 1 delegate

2/7/20

9:30 a.m.

The Associated Press is still unable to declare a winner. Maggie Astor of the New York Times said we might know the results of the New Hampshire caucus before Iowa. It sounds sarcastic, but it’s the truth. — John Eirinberg

2/5/20

10:18 a.m.

The Associated Press has reported that 71% of precincts have reported results. Buttigieg continues to have a slight lead over Sanders. — John Eirinberg

2/4/20

6:47 p.m.

Results are taking longer than expected. What we know to this point is that Biden has surpassed Klobuchar. We will announce the final results when the votes are tallied. — John Eirinberg

4:40 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren declared victory in the Iowa Caucuses last night. Voting is still being tallied. At this point Buttigieg has a narrow lead. Results are expected within the next hour. — John Eirinberg

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Elizabeth Warren declared victory at her rally, Monday evening. Photo by Mia Azizah

9:07 a.m.

After a long night we are still awaiting results from the Iowa Caucuses. Signing out for now. — John Eirinberg

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Warren at her rally on Monday evening. Photo by Kenneth Ferriera

11:21 p.m.

Recap of where where the Caucus currently stands.

recap of where we are

11:00 p.m.

Supporters of candidates are trying to convince other’s at their caucus to support their candidates after the first alignment. — John Eirinberg

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Sander’s supporters trying to sway a Gabbard supporter.

9:50 p.m.

Paula Zenick, new resident of Iowa, participated in her first caucus at the Capital Square Caucus location in support of Warren. –Monica Uzpen

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Samuel Tang showed his support for Pete Buttigieg who he said will proudly represent LGBTQ+ in a higher office. –Monica Uzpen

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9:41 p.m.

Nick Corasaniti from the New York Times, just reported that one of the reasons for the slow results is that precinct chairs abandoned the app that was built to report results. Users are having issues logging in. — John Eirinberg

9:12 p.m.

Delegates have been announced from the Capital Square Caucus. — Monica Uzpen

Buttigieg – 5

Sanders – 5 (second)

Warren – 4

8:54 p.m.

Wells Fargo Center first alignment (round) votes are in. Biden took a hit. — John Eirinberg

Sanders – 107

Warren – 104

Buttigieg – 71

Klobuchar – 26

Biden – 22

8:37 p.m.

It’s early on, let’s see if the tides turn in favor of Biden or stay in favor of Sanders and Klobuchar. — John Eirinberg

8:26 p.m.

At this moment there are three in the running for delegates. Warren, Buttigieg and Sanders. Sanders and Buttigieg have the longest lines at the Capital Square Caucus. It looks like Warren may not get a delegate. — Monica Uzpen

8:05 p.m.

Climate change is one of the main issues among Iowa voters. Buttigieg’s platform makes this a primary focus. — John Eirinberg

Buttigieg supporters making a late push. Photo by Seth Marshall

8:03 p.m.

Amy Klobuchar is outdoing expectations. Very early. — Lincoln Shafer

7:55 p.m.

1,080 people are at the Capital Square Caucus. Definitely an impressive figure. — John Eirinberg

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Large turnout for the Town Square Caucus. Photo by Monica Uzpen

7:52 p.m.

Check out the link below for an article by Molly Olmstead of Slate regarding the Iowa caucus in foreign countries. It’s worth the time. — John Eirinberg

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/02/iowa-caucuses-satellite-locations-paris-glasgow-tbilisi.html

7:48 p.m.

Climate change is a major concern for Iowa voters. Some worry that Warren will not win the nomination only because gender. — John Eirinberg

Iowa voters share their beliefs and explain why they believe Iowa was chosen as a caucus state. Video by Lauren Nunez and Jose Casarin

7:36 p.m.

The AP reports that President Trump has won the 2020 Iowa Republican Caucus. — Lincoln Shafer

7:00 p.m.

The Iowa Caucus is underway. — John Eirinberg

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People lining up at Wells Fargo Center for the Caucus.

6:44 p.m.

The media filing center is slowly filling up as we get closer to the caucus. — John Eirinberg

6:35 p.m.

Unreleased poll has Sanders at 22%. Leading Warren by 4 percentage points. — John Eirinberg

poll confirmed by Claire Malone from FiveThirtyEight

5:23 p.m.

Elizabeth Warren is having a rally at 7 p.m. We will have photographers and reporters covering the event. — John Eirinberg

5:18 p.m.

Check out our cool Instagram page @nebnewsservice. Denise Muñoz has been leading the way and providing great footage. — John Eirinberg

5:10 p.m.

According to CNN, Sanders is leading the satellite caucus with more than 60% of votes. — John Eirinberg

4:21 p.m.

Students interviewed Steve Shivvers, a participant in the climate crisis parade, said he’s showing up to the caucus to show support for Steyer and other candidates who are pro climate change reform. — John Eirinberg

4:01 p.m.

Here is a tweet reporting from one of the 3 international Iowa caucuses, conducted by a journalist from Iowa living in the European nation of Georgia. — Lincoln Shafer

tweet by Joshua Kucera, reporting in the nation of Georgia

3:39 p.m.

Tonight’s event differs greatly from the primaries in Nebraska. Unlike in Nebraska where citizens vote at polling places, Iowans will go to one of the 1,687 locations across the state to pledge their vote for who they want for the Democratic nomination. When the voters arrive, they will fill out a ballot and huddle up with other voters who support their candidate choice. For a candidate to receive a vote from a location, they need at least 15% support to stay viable. If a candidate does not reach the 15% threshold, they must “realign” or pick a different candidate, they can also try to persuade others to chose their candidate or they can leave the caucus. After this, voters fill out another ballot which is the final decision of the caucus location. In order to receive national delegates, a candidate needs to receive support from 15% of the vote statewide of in a congressional district, or both, in order to receive any national delegates. The caucuses will begin at 8 p.m. local time. — John Eirinberg

2:55 p.m.

New polling data from FiveThirtyEight has Warren and Buttigieg up a bit and Biden falling marginally. Sanders remains in the lead. — Lincoln Shafer

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Graphic by Lincoln Shafer

2:42 p.m.

With over 2,600 credentials handed out to media members from over 300 countries, the filing center should be packed tonight. Major networks have been broadcasting in the back all day. — John Eirinberg

11:22 a.m.

It’s a close one here in Iowa. Great data collection by Lincoln Shafer from Nebraska News Service. — John Eirinberg

11:16 a.m.

Here’s a blog post by Carlee Koehler about Buttigieg’s volunteers. It provides insight into his volunteers’ dedication. — John Eirinberg

by Carlee Koehler

10:59 a.m.

To track where candidates are located, click the link below to access the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Caucuses Candidate Tracker. — John Eirinberg

https://data.desmoinesregister.com/iowa-caucus/candidate-tracker/index.php

10:33 a.m.

A big question is, can Biden hold on as other candidates make a push in the state of Iowa. — John Eirinberg

At his rally, Joe Biden talked about Trump’s shortcomings and which policies he will change should he become president. — video by Lauren Nunez

2/3/20 10:10 a.m.

Welcome back for day two of the Iowa Caucus coverage. Today’s a big day! By tonight we will know who wins Iowa. –John Eirinberg

Biden supporters share their core reasons for supporting Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.–Video by Bassey Arikpo

6 p.m.

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Job done, Biden makes his way out of the auditorium after a rally in Des Moines. — Photo by Kenneth Ferriera
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Biden in the post-rally scrum. — Photo by Kenneth Ferriera

5:39 p.m.

Biden said tomorrow, we have an opportunity to ruin Trump’s day.–John Eirinberg

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The rally crowd in Des Moines takes in Biden’s message. — Photo by Kenneth Ferreira

5:37 p.m.

Audience member tells Biden that he needs to stop accepting fossil fuels from foreign countries. He responded that we don’t need to worry about that. The crowd burst into a chant of “we want Joe!”–John Eirinberg

5:33 p.m.

Biden said “we need a president who can be ready on day one.”–John Eirinberg

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Young people take in Biden’s message at the rally. Can he entice enough young voters to win here? Does he need to? — Photo by Kenneth Ferreira

5:28 p.m.

Biden compared Charlottesville to the streets of Nazi Germany. He criticized Trump’s response that there were good people on both sides. –John Eirinberg

4:51 p.m.

Biden is introduced by his wife, Jill. –John Eirinberg

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— Photo by Seth Marshall

Firefighter union representative said that we need to elect Biden and “get this guy out of the office” greeted by a large round of applause.–John Eirinberg

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Firefighter Union representative addresses the crowd at Biden’s rally. — Photo by Seth Marshall

4:41 p.m.

Biden Owens said Joe Biden knows what it feels like to be “shut out” due to his stutter as a child. –John Eirinberg

4:37 p.m.

Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister, takes the stage, states Obama said making Biden Vice President was the best decision he ever made.–John Eirinberg

4:32 p.m.

Campaign staffer says there is too much at stake not to spread the word about Biden’s campaign. Says we need to do whatever it takes. — John Eirinberg

4:28 p.m.

Biden campaign staffer tells story of his friend being diagnosed with cancer and receiving hope from Biden’s campaign. –John Eirinberg

4:06 p.m.

Feb. 2, 2020 3:30 p.m.

Moving on to Biden’s Des Moines rally.

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The scene at the Hiatt Middle School auditorium where Biden is having a last-minute rally before the caucuses. — Photo by Bassey Arikpo.

1:30 p.m.

We’re at Lincoln High School to see Pete Buttigieg rally the troops the day before the caucuses.

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg close out Buttigieg rally the day before Iowa Caucus. — Photo by Monica Uzpen


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A good turnout for Buttigieg at his caucus-eve rally. — Photo by Mia Azizah
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A surprise top-contender here, Buttigieg told voters how he would unite a country that’s “paralyzed by partisanship, polarized with politics.”  To defeat President Trump, Buttigieg promised the crowd he would focus on his priority issues: affordable health care, climate change, and reproductive health care.  — Photo by Mia Azizah

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— Photo by Carlee Koehler
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Baby Yoda wants you to vote for Pete. — Photo by Mia Azizah
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Supporters line up to hear Buttigieg speak at Lincoln High School in Des Moines,Iowa. — Photo by Carlee Koehler

Feb. 2, 2020 8:00 a.m.

A chart of candidate stats
Graphic by Lincoln Shafer

Let’s kick this off with where things currently stand. Per the lastest Iowa polling from 538, Sanders and Biden are frontrunners going into the primary contest. Meanwhile, FEC data shows that Biden has a lot less cash in his campaign war chest than other candidates.