The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) finally released the vote count from the February 3 caucuses and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is asking for a recount after the results give Pete Buttigieg a razor-thin win and 14 delegates to Sanders’ 12.
“While it is clear that Sen. Sanders won the popular vote in Iowa by 6,000 votes, the recanvass process reduced the State Delegate Equivalent deficit by 97 percent,” Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement.
“We now believe a recount will give Sen. Sanders enough State Delegate Equivalents to put him over the top by that metric as well.
We want to thank the people of Iowa, our supporters, our volunteers and everyone who made this possible.”
Both Sanders and Buttigieg will join Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg for the ninth Democrat debate on Wednesday in Las Vegas.