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Hillary Clinton declares victory in Iowa

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Posted at 5:37 AM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 06:36:09-05

Hillary Clinton has declared victory in the Iowa caucus, despite one precinct still yet to report.

The Democratic race in Iowa has been separated by less than one percentage point. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in a tight race with Clinton. 

The chair of the Iowa Democratic party, Andy McGuire, didn't declare a winner, but did congratulate all candidates in a statement, which reads:

“Tonight we saw an historically close Iowa Democratic Caucus that featured one of our strongest turnouts ever and passion and energy from Democrats all across our state. After a year where Iowans took the time to see candidates, ask them thoughtful questions, and became volunteers and leaders themselves, tonight 171,109 Iowa Democrats came together with their neighbors to engage in a spirited discussion on the future of our country."

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who received about one percent of the vote in Iowa, dropped out of the race. 

On the Republican side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won with 28 percent of the vote, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also dropped out.

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