Applicant Pete Buttigieg is ahead in the US Democrats’ first area code in the running for presidential candidacy. The former mayor currently has almost 27 percent. The Iowa Democratic Party, where the vote took place, has so far released results from more than 70 percent of the constituencies. In second place is the left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders with around 25 percent, and Elizabeth Warren in third with a little more than 18 percent. Former US Vice President Joe Biden, who was one of the favorites, is only fourth with a good 15 percent.
Further results would be published afterwards as soon as they are available, it is said. So when the final result of the Iowa area code could be available is still open. But Buttigieg already spoke of an “amazing victory”. This strengthens his belief “in our campaign, in our team and in our vision,” he said in New Hampshire, where the second Democratic primary will be held next week. A year ago, the 38-year-old – an avowed homosexual and former mayor of the 100,000-inhabitant city of South Bend in the state of Indiana – was still largely unknown at the national level in the United States.
Democrats and Republicans in Iowa had already voted on Monday evening (local time) at hundreds of party meetings on who they consider the best presidential candidate for their party. Due to technical problems, it took the Democratic Party 21 hours to publish the first partial results. Iowa party leader Troy Price spoke of an “unacceptable” delay and apologized. He did not say when the overall results will be announced. Price emphasized, however, that the published partial results are correct.
The first milestone
Republicans respond to the debacle with undisguised ridicule. US President Donald Trump was able to win the vote in his party with an overwhelming majority, but as an incumbent he has no serious competition within the party.
The decision in Iowa was not made at polling stations, but at “caucuses” – many hundreds of party meetings, some of them very small. At these meetings, spread across the state, Democrats and Republicans use a complicated process to vote on who they consider to be the best candidate for their party’s presidency.
The Iowa area code is especially important. The voters there decide on only 41 of the 3979 delegates who will ultimately appoint President Donald Trump’s challenger. But because the primaries traditionally begin in Iowa, the rural state in the Midwest with just under 3.2 million inhabitants is of great importance: A good start can boost an applicant’s prospects for the presidential candidacy – a poor performance is difficult to make up for .
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