Hillary Clinton was declared the winner of the Iowa caucus in the Democratic race for president, despite rival Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont calling it a “virtual tie.”
The Iowa Democratic Party announced Clinton as the winner of the "historically close caucus" on Feb. 2. In her speech following the results in Iowa, Clinton said she was “breathing a sigh of relief” and called herself a “progressive who gets things done for people," CNBC notes.
She also said she stands in a "long line of American reformers” who make up their minds that “the status quo is not good enough.”
Sanders, however, declared the race a tie just before midnight on Feb. 1, and said Iowans “sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment and — by the way — to the media establishment.”
“And that is that given the economic crises facing our country, it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics," he added.
Clinton supporters attributed her victory to the former Secretary of State being more organized in Iowa than she was in her 2008 presidential campaign.
“It feels different to me,” supporter Mark Murphy told USA Today.
‘She’s a different person," he added. "She was a great senator, but they still looked at her as Bill’s wife. Now it’s on her own.”
Despite the victories on the Democratic side, the Republican National Committee released a statement calling the Democratic caucus an “unmitigated disaster” for Clinton and her party, according to CNBC.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won the Republican caucus, beating out Donald Trump by 4 percentage points. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came in just behind Trump.