Troy Price, chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, released 62% of the numbers shortly after 4:00PM central.

Price does not know when the rest of the totals will come in.

From the FiveThhirtyEight Live Blog.

  1. With 62 percent reporting, the first alignment vote is Sanders 24 percent, Buttigieg 21 percent, Warren 19 percent, Biden 15 percent and Klobuchar 13 percent.
  2. The post-alignment vote is Sanders 26 percent, Buttigieg 25 percent, Warren 21 percent, Biden 13 percent, Klobuchar 12 percent.
  3. The state delegate equivalent distribution is Buttigieg 27 percent, Sanders 25 percent, Warren 18 percent, Biden 16 percent, Klobuchar 13 percent. Again, this is with only about three-fifths of the vote reporting.

Iowa Realignment

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Key 538 Comments

  • So far, Biden is losing from the realignment process (likely due to missing the viability threshold in many caucuses) but gaining from the geographic distribution. Buttigieg is gaining from both. Sanders and Warren are gaining a bit from realignment but losing ground from their geographic concentration.
  • For what it’s worth, these numbers are pretty close to the partial results that the Buttigieg campaign released — off by at most 1 percentage point. But the partial results the Sanders campaign released overshot his percentages in these early returns. For example, he claimed he had 29 percent in both the first-alignment vote and the post-realignment vote. In the actual results, he has 24 percent in the first-alignment vote and 26 percent in the post-alignment vote. (Again, I want to emphasize these are not the final results — just 62 percent of precincts are reporting.)
  • Of the 1,099 precincts reporting, Buttigieg met the 15 percent threshold in 88 percent and Sanders in 77 percent.

Klobuchar Hurt Biden

Bernie did not do as well as expected. Yet, Biden did worse than expected.

I noted yesterday that “Klobuchar’s performance could be a real game changer in the final delegate allocation out of Iowa.”

Most of Klobuchar's vote came at the expense of Biden. Polls show Klobuchar supporters strong favored Biden as a second choice.

Her final alignment of 12.4% suggests she topped 15% in most of the districts.

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