US Elections: Sanders Claims Victory In Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party on February 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Kerem Yucel / AFP
Democratic presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party on February 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Senator Bernie Sanders claimed victory in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, citing internal campaign data that placed him ahead of Pete Buttigieg after a major delay to the release of official results.

The first vote of the US election season, Iowa’s caucuses kick off the Democratic primary that will determine who challenges Donald Trump in November.

Data released by the Sanders campaign, which said it represents results from nearly 40 percent of precincts in Iowa, shows the leftist senator garnering 28.62 percent of the vote, followed by moderate Buttigieg on 25.71 percent.

“We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Party, but we believe firmly that our supporters worked too hard for too long to have the results of that work delayed,” Sanders advisor Jeff Weaver said.

The data collected by Sanders campaign volunteers showed progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren in third place, with 18.42 percent of the vote, with former vice president Joe Biden slipping to fourth place on 15.08 percent.

The only other candidate polling above 10 percent was Amy Klobuchar, on 10.93.

Monday’s contest turned sour after major hiccups in the reporting process prevented the release of official results.



Trump Pushes Healthcare Bill With ‘Heart’ At Rally In Iowa

U.S. President Donald Trump told a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday (June 21) that he’s been talking about a healthcare a plan with ‘heart’.

A healthcare bill being released by U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday (June 20) is expected to roll back the Obamacare expansion of the Medicaid healthcare program for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people buying private insurance.

Trump made a bid for Democratic support for the Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and partially replace the Affordable Care Act during his ‘Make America Great Again’ speech in Iowa. “If we had even a little Democrat support, just a little like a couple of votes, you’d have everything,” Trump said.

The Washington Post reported that the bill would also repeal most of the taxes that pay for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, give states wider latitude to opt out of its regulations and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a healthcare provider that offers abortion services.

During his speech in Iowa, Trump said he selected billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as Department of Commerce secretary for his financial acumen, noting “I just don’t want a poor person.”

US Election 2016: Trump Wins South Carolina, As Clinton Takes Nevada

" Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the republican race for the US President.

In the democratic contest, Hillary Clinton also defeated Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, in a tight race in Nevada.

Both results would be key ahead of the “Super Tuesday” round on March 1, when a dozen more states would make their choice.

Trump’s victory claimed a major scalp when former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the race.

He finished a distant fourth, days after former President, George Bush, made a rare political appearance to boost his brother’s campaign.

Republican Senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, were locked in a battle for second place in the state.

For Republicans, Trump is the one boasting a winning streak. He had a second-place finish in Iowa and double-digit victories in New Hampshire and now in South Carolina.

Trump Tangles With Rival In Republican Debate

Republican-debateThe Republican candidates for President traded sharp verbal blows over foreign policy and the future of the Supreme Court in an often unruly and chaotic debate.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the race has now moved to South Carolina before the February 20 primary.

Front-runner, Donald Trump, repeatedly tangled with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, in a series of tense exchanges.

The lively audience repeatedly jeered and booed the candidates who were shouting down and interrupting each other.

US Election 2016: Trump And Sanders Win New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, came second in the republican vote, with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio all vying for third place.

In the democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people want “real change”.

Analysts said that both candidates were riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics.

New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week’s Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the republicans and Mrs Clinton for the democrats.

With close to 90% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. He had topped polls in New Hampshire in recent months, but it is still a significant victory for the self-described Democratic socialist candidate.

The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The CNN reports that New Hampshire also delivered a painful personal blow to Hillary Clinton, who squeezed out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week.

The scale of her defeat by more than 20 points is likely to fuel signs of growing internal rancor in her campaign and complaints by Democrats that her message as a progressive, who gets results, is no match for Sanders’ heady demands for a political revolution, which has inspired younger Democratic voters.

The loss was especially rough because New Hampshire has long been kind to the Clintons.

It’s the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992. Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama there in 2008, salvaging her campaign after a third-place showing in Iowa.

US Election: New Hampshire Votes In Key Primary

New Hampshire electionThe race to find out who will be the next occupant of the White House continues in New Hampshire where people in the US are voting in the contests to select the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

On the Republican side, frontrunner Donald Trump is hoping for a better performance than in last week’s Iowa caucuses, won by Senator Ted Cruz.

The main Democratic race is between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The tiny town of Dixville Notch cast the first votes at midnight, favouring Bernie Sanders and John Kasich.

Under New Hampshire State law, towns with populations of under 100 can apply to cast their vote as the clock strikes midnight and close the polling station as soon as everyone has voted.

Mr Sanders, a Senator from neighbouring Vermont and a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist”, is hoping for a victory in New Hampshire over former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Mrs Clinton, who is backed by the Democratic establishment, narrowly won in Iowa.

Palin Backs Trump In Presidential Bid

TrumpDonald Trump’s Republican presidential bid received a boost after the ex-Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, declared her support for him at a campaign rally in Iowa.

Mrs Palin stressed that Mr Trump is the man for the job, as he is ready to fix the economy and defeat the Islamic States (ISIS).

Officially announcing her endorsement, she said Mr Trump was someone ready to let US troops “kick ISIS’ ass”, using another name for the self-styled Islamic State group.

“We are ready for a change,”  she told the rally in Iowa.

Donald Trump, a New York businessman, who led the Republican race, said in a statement that he was “proud” to receive her backing.

Palin was John Mccain’s running mate in 2008, despite retiring from politics in favour of a media career, she remained an influential Conservative voice.