The Iowa caucus 2016 is here, and those looking for live election results from both the Republican and Democratic side will have plenty of options.
Voters go to the polls at 7 p.m. local time in Iowa (8 p.m. ET), with the results coming through in the hours that follow and through to the early morning hours on Tuesday if the races are close enough.
Iowa may be one of the smaller states in the nation, but it has huge political importance as the first step toward the presidential nomination. A surprise victory in Iowa — like Barack Obama’s in 2008 — can help propel an underdog toward the party’s nomination. Iowa also serves as the de facto campaign central, with candidates spending several months canvassing the state in the months leading up to Iowa’s caucus.
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This year, there are tight races on both the Republican and Democratic side. For the GOP, front-runner Donald Trump is looking to solidify his place atop the race while holding off Ted Cruz. For Democrats, Bernie Sanders is looking to pull out the come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton and help give momentum to his underdog bid to win the nomination.
Monday was an important day for all candidates, who have taken to the airwaves and made appearances for their last pitch before voters head to their caucus sites tonight.
In an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer, Hillary Clinton went after Bernie Sanders, saying his criticisms of the economy are off the mark.
“I think what President Obama inherited, an economy that was in the ditch, he doesn’t get the credit for pulling it out. He doesn’t get the credit that he deserves for the Affordable Care act, something we’ve been trying to do, that I sure tried to do to get us on the path for universal coverage,” she said.
The final polls for Iowa indicate what will likely be a very close race. A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday shows that Trump has a 31 to 24 lead over Cruz, while Marco Rubio is in third at 17 percent.
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The poll also found that Bernie Sanders had 49 percent support to Hillary Clinton’s 46 percent.
Pollsters said with the races both tight, it will come down to which candidate can best get their voters to the polls.
“The size of the turnout tonight will likely be the key factor, especially on the Democratic side,” said Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll. “High turnouts with lots of new caucus participants likely would mean a good night for Sen. Bernie Sanders, and for Donald Trump.”
“Trump holds his own, while Sen. Ted Cruz seems to lose momentum in this final Quinnipiac University poll, finished less than 24 hours before the caucuses begin. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is showing some last-minute strength, raising the longshot possibility he could challenge for second place,” Brown added.
There will be plenty of ways for people to follow live elections results from the 2016 Iowa caucus. One of the fastest will be Iowa’s newspaper of record, the Des Moines Register, which has a full page of county-by-county caucus results that will be updated continually throughout the evening.
Live coverage and results from the 2016 Iowa caucus can also be found at the CNN live stream, available here.
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