Razor-thin victory for Clinton in Iowa: Democratic party results

DEAD HEAT. In this file photo, US Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (L) and Hillary Clinton (R) talk to each other on stage prior to the start of the Democratic presidential candidates debate at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, October 13, 2015. Mike Nelson/EPA

DEAD HEAT. In this file photo, US Democratic Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (L) and Hillary Clinton (R) talk to each other on stage prior to the start of the Democratic presidential candidates debate at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, October 13, 2015.

Mike Nelson/EPA

DES MOINES, Iowa, USA (4th UPDATE) – Hillary Clinton won a razor-thin victory over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses that kicked off the 2016 US presidential race, Democratic party results showed Tuesday, February 2. 

 

With 100% of precincts reporting, Clinton took 49.8%, against 49.6% for the Vermont senator, her sole remaining challenger for the Democratic nomination.

 

Under Iowa's caucus system, delegates to the Democratic convention – which nominates the party's White House candidate – are assigned by percentage of the vote.

 

Clinton's campaign had claimed victory over Sanders ahead of the official announcement of results from Monday's caucuses.

 

But the former secretary of state now knows she has a real fight on her hands for the nomination, after seeing off the self-proclaimed democratic socialist by the thinnest of margins.

 

State Democratic party chair Andy McGuire called the results "the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history." Rappler.com