Iowa polls: Clinton leads Democrats, Cruz leads Republicans

IOWA (KUSI) – 10:03 a.m. – Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to final results from the Iowa Democratic Party.

"I am so thrilled," Clinton told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview. "My luck was not that good last time around, and it was wonderful to win the caucus, to have that experience."

The state Democratic party declared Clinton the winner, just .3 percent ahead of Bernie Sanders.

Officials are calling this "historically close" and say Clinton shouldn’t be celebrating too quickly.

Her narrow margin shows that there is no clear standard bearer for Democrats.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz took the lead over his challengers, but still, strong numbers for Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. 

Tuesday 7:13 a.m. – With 99 percent of the precincts counted on the Republican side and 100 percent of the votes in on the Democratic side, Senator Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have declared victory.

With 28 percent of the Iowan vote, Cruz beat out Donald Trump, who finished with 24 percent, and Marco Rubio, who finished just behind trump with 23 percent.

On the blue side of things, Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders appeared deadlocked, receiving virtually half of the Iowan vote each. In a statement released Monday night, however, Clinton’s camp claimed success. 

"Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus," the Clinton campaign said. "After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates."

But while the Clinton campaign may have edged out Sanders by tenths of percentage points, many declared Sanders’ virtual tie a feat of victory in its own right, with Sanders seen largely as the underdog coming into the Iowa Caucus.

"Nine months ago, we came to this beautiful state, we had no political organization, we had no money, we had no name recognition and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America.

"And tonight," he said, "while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie."

The caucuses resulted in two casualties — one on each side.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, both dropped their candidacies after faring poorly.

Up next for the candidates is the New Hampshire primary on February 9, where most candidates were already campaigning early Wednesday morning. 

Monday 6:09 p.m. – Monday night’s caucuses surprised many of experts and already forced some candidates to call it quits.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were battling it out.

Over on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were doing the same.

However, all four candidates have one thing in common, they are all campaigning until the last minute.

This was the first time the results of caucuses were transmitted to the state electronically via a smartphone app.

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