Iowa caucuses live results and coverage

The realignment phase of caucusing is happening at a caucus site at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.Several candidates were not viable, including Joe Biden. Some of his supporters then joined the uncommitted group. The maneuver effectively denies delegates to more progressive, viable candidates, such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.Pete Buttigieg is also unviable — but many of his supporters remained seated during the realignment. That’s when the uncommitted group started chanting “Come on, Pete!”About viability and realignment: After voters split up into groups dedicated to their first presidential candidate of choice, viability is determined. Typically, a candidate needs 15% of the vote to remain viable, as determined by the amount of people participating in the precinct location, but smaller locations may have different viability thresholds.If a candidate is not viable, their voters can realign to another viable candidate or join together to create a group in support of another candidate that meets the threshold.Watch the moment:Iowa Democratic caucusgoers for whom health care is their top issue in choosing a nominee were split between Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, with around a quarter supporting each. Fewer than one in five of them were for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, and only one in 10 for Amy Klobuchar.Two in five say health care was the issue that mattered most in deciding who to support. Among caucusgoers who oppose replacing private insurance with a government plan, three in 10 support Biden, and another three in 10 support Buttigieg. Klobuchar’s support is slightly over one in 10 in this group. Watch more: In this February 2016 photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders waves as he arrives to speak during a caucus night party in Des Moines, Iowa. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesVermont Senator Bernie Sanders came very close to winning the Iowa caucuses in 2016.Sanders received 49.59% of the vote — a hair away from Hillary Clinton’s winning vote percentage of 49.84%.Sanders used his Iowa performance to fuel a fundraising boost, raising $3 million from supporters. He went on to win the New Hampshire primary by almost 20 points.  Charlie Neibergall/APPolk County Democrats Chair Sean Bagniewski said three caucus sites in the county ran out of presidential preference cards, including the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The party is running replacement cards over now, he said.Watch: Five candidates are viable at a caucus in Sioux City:Joe BidenPete ButtigiegAmy KlobucharBernie Sanders Elizabeth WarrenThere were only two nonviable candidates: Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang.About viability: After voters split up into groups dedicated to their first presidential candidate of choice, viability is determined. Typically, a candidate needs 15% of the vote to remain viable, as determined by the amount of people participating in the precinct location, but smaller locations may have different viability thresholds.If a candidate is not viable, their voters can realign to another viable candidate or join together to create a group in support of another candidate that meets the threshold.Watch more: Joshua Lott/Getty ImagesThe Biden campaign is distancing itself from a robocall that has been targeting Iowans since Friday urging them to change their registration to Democrat to vote for Biden in Monday’s caucus.  The calls, a partial copy of which was obtained from the anti-robocall tracking application and website NoMoRobo, asks voters to change their registration to vote for Biden and against “the Democrat radical socialist agenda.” The call says, in part: “If you join me and register as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic caucus, you can change your registration before it is even recorded that you did.”It is unclear who is running the calls. Aaron Foss of NoMoRobo told CNN the calls were hitting phones in Iowa and surrounding areas. A spokesman for the Biden campaign said they were not making the calls, which could be seen as a veiled attack on Bernie Sanders.”Our campaign had nothing to do with these calls and we condemn this dirty trick,” the spokesman said. A spokesman for Biden super PAC Unite the Country said they are not spending any money on robocalls.  Andrew Harnik/APTonight, three kinds of results will be released: first alignment preference, second alignment preference and state delegate equivalency.Here’s what one Elizabeth Warren adviser tells CNN about how they are viewing all of this, using a sports analogy: “The game is not over at half time.” While the first alignment number says something very important about a candidate’s initial support, Warren advisers are stressing the fact that they believe what happens between the first and second alignment – persuading those who didn’t pick you the first time and bringing them into your corner – says more about a candidate’s strength heading into the rest of the nominating contest and ultimately the general election.That second alignment number is “a better indication of your strength as a general election nominee in terms of building a coalition,” the adviser said.About the second alignment: If a candidate is not viable, their voters can realign to another viable candidate or join together to create a group in support of another candidate that meets the threshold. Andrew Harnik/APAccording to entrance polls, a third of Democratic Iowa caucusgoers are over the age of 65, up from 28% in 2016 and 22% in 2008.Around a third of them planned to support Biden while around one in five are supporting Buttigieg. One in 10 said they were for Warren.Around one in five caucusgoers are between the ages of 17 to 29, steady from past years. Half are supporting Sanders, significantly higher than any other candidate among young voters, with less than one in five for Buttigieg, one in 10 for Warren, and slightly less for businessman Andrew Yang. About entrance polls: The Democratic entrance poll estimates how much support a presidential candidate has at the start of the caucus process and will more closely reflect the first round of voting. It does not reflect the final caucus result, which is used to calculate the state delegate equivalents that a candidate is expected to win.Watch more: Andrew Harnik/APA senior aide inside the Buttigieg campaign said that the campaign is laser-focused on a delegate accumulation tonight rather than other metrics that come out of the caucuses. Hari Sevugan, deputy campaign manager for the Buttigieg campaign, said that they are looking at both the accumulation of delegates and also the geographic distribution of delegates as the results come in tonight. The campaign is hoping to show strength not just in urban areas, but in suburban and rural areas, which they believe will be a proxy for Buttigieg’s ability to appeal to those demographic groups in a general election. In essence, it is a key part of the campaign’s electability argument to voters. “That is both a delegate accumulation strategy but it’s also a persuasion strategy,” the aide said. From a strategic perspective, the campaign hopes that they can also rack up small numbers of delegates in smaller precincts, helping keep them competitive in the overall delegate count.
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