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Democrats not waiting for results to give speeches

WASHINGTON – With the results of the nation’s first presidential nominating contest uncertain, Democratic candidates emerged one after the other in Iowa on Monday to cast the unsatisfying delay in the most positive light possible for their campaigns.

“I have a strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced,” Sen. Bernie Sanders joked with supporters in Des Moines. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa.”

In a series of statements that arrived hours after the caucusing in Iowa had mostly wrapped up, the Iowa Democratic Party cited “inconsistencies in the reporting” of results to explain a delay that left the nation waiting for answers. But the candidates – not wanting to miss the opportunity to appear on stage after the high-profile caucuses – couldn’t wait to deliver their addresses, and to focus on the next contest.

“Now, it is on to New Hampshire,” said Sanders, who enjoyed late momentum in the Hawkeye State.

Vermont Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with his family on stage during his Caucus Day rally on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines.

It’s rare for candidates to speak without knowing the outcome of a contest, and the campaigns were all forced to rip up their victory and concession speeches. Many of the candidates delivered addresses that closely mirrored remarks they have been giving for months on the trial, along with gently ribbing the process in Iowa.

“It’s too close to call so I’m just going to tell you what I do know,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren told her supporters.

“You won!” one of her supporters screamed in response.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses the crowd at her caucus night party on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at Forte in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. At the time of her speech results of the caucuses were still unknown.

Behind the scenes, however, the campaigns were scrambling to understand why the party had put a hold on the results – delaying a win and the momentum that comes with placing in Iowa. Most of the candidates were expected to quickly shift focus to New Hampshire, where voters will hold their primary on Feb. 11.

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