Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders in Monday’s Iowa caucuses with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to results announced by the state Democratic Party early Tuesday. The Associated Press declared Clinton the winner.
Clinton took the stage at Nashua Community College shortly after noon Tuesday, saying she was “so thrilled to be coming to New Hampshire after winning Iowa.” She said she’s now won and lost in Iowa and “it's a lot better to win.”
Earlier at the event, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan described Clinton as “the first woman to win the Iowa primary.”
The final Iowa results show Clinton received 49.8 percent of the vote and Sanders received 49.6 percent. Next up: The first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire Feb. 9.
The contest could now stretch easily into March with Clinton forced to fight for a nomination many had long assumed was hers for the taking.
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, galvanized a group of Democrats including many younger, first-time, low-income voters, promising to be the champion of the underpaid, overworked American worker.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Sanders said he isn’t sure he won’t contest the results in Iowa.
“We look forward to doing well here in New Hampshire,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt. “And after that, we're off to Nevada and then South Carolina, where I think we're going to surprise a whole lot of people, just as we did in Iowa.