More Iowa Results Released as Candidates Focus on New Hampshire: Live Updates


WASHINGTON — The Iowa Democratic Party has released another batch of results from Monday’s caucuses, but the new data did little to change the positioning of the top candidates.

Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., is still the leader in state delegate equivalents, with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont trailing in a close second.

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. remains in fourth place.

The party has now released results from 75 percent of the more than 1,600 caucus precincts. Late Tuesday night, data from 71 percent of precincts was available.

Party officials have not indicated how long it will take them to finish tabulating all of the caucus results.

Tom Courtney was taken aback on Wednesday to learn the Iowa Democratic Party still had not yet reported results from the precinct in Burlington where he was caucus chairman.

“I really don’t get it,” he said. “I notified them several times. I don’t understand what’s going on.”

Mr. Courtney, a former Iowa state senator, had tried to call in the results of the 121 people in his precinct Monday, only to encounter the interminable hold times that plagued Democratic volunteer precinct leaders statewide. After hours of being unable to get through to party headquarters in Des Moines, Mr. Courtney gave up and went to bed.

His confusion and the multiple snafus after he reported Monday night’s results on several occasions called to mind a rickety third-world democracy, not the state whose vaunted caucuses are the leadoff contest in choosing a presidential nominee.

“I couldn’t sleep,” he recounted. “At 3 in the morning I emailed everything to the guy I was trying to call, then I texted it.”

On Tuesday, he said, he got a call from state headquarters that they hadn’t seen his results. “I gave them to him over the phone, again,” Mr. Courtney said.

Then someone from the state Democratic Party drove the 2 hours, 40 minutes from Des Moines to Burlington to pick up all the paperwork from each of the 16 precincts in Des Moines County, which were in Mr. Courtney’s possession as the county Democratic chairman.

On Wednesday when a reporter informed him that the results for his precinct, Des Moines 5, still hadn’t appeared on The New York Times results page, he was deeply frustrated.

“That’s the damnedest thing,” he said. “I really just don’t get it. I’m afraid we may be looking at the last first-in-the-nation for our caucus. I hate that.”

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Jon Ralston, editor of The Nevada Independent and a respected chronicler of Silver State politics, will be one of five moderators at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19, NBC said on Wednesday.

Mr. Ralston will be joined by the anchor Lester Holt, the “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, the network’s chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, and Vanessa Hauc, a Telemundo correspondent, NBC said.

The two-hour debate is set to air on MSNBC and NBC broadcast stations three days ahead of the Nevada caucuses. The debate will also air in Spanish on a pay-TV Spanish channel, Universo, and stream online.

Michael R. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, may be onstage because of a change in the party’s qualifying rules. If he does, it would mark the billionaire’s first opportunity to clash onstage with his Democratic rivals.

The deadline for candidates to qualify for the Nevada debate is 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 18, less than 24 hours before the debate begins. Another Democratic debate will be held this Friday in New Hampshire.

The moderating stint at the Nevada debate will be a repeat performance this cycle for Mr. Holt and Mr. Todd, who helped moderate the first Democratic primary debate in June, when 20 candidates qualified.

Candidates will be given 75 seconds for answers and 45 seconds for follow-up responses, NBC said.

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Supporters of President Trump gathered on Wednesday outside the Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall in Concord, N.H.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — The presidential campaign of Tom Steyer paid the chairman of the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus more than $42,000 in a little more than a month to serve as a senior adviser to the campaign, nearly triple what his campaign manager earns per month, according to campaign finance records.

Jerry Govan, a state representative, endorsed Mr. Steyer’s campaign back in September and immediately signed on to be a senior adviser. The endorsement was a valuable achievement for Mr. Steyer, who has been increasingly focused on winning South Carolina and has been paying black vendors, hiring black staff members and appearing in rural outposts.

After Mr. Govan’s endorsement, multiple other influential black leaders and state officials have announced their support for Mr. Steyer. The payments appear in Federal Election Commission records under the name of “The Govan Agency LLC” and are for “community building services.” His campaign also paid the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus $7,500 for “Event Sponsorship,” which Mr. Govan heads.

Mr. Steyer’s campaign released a statement that said Mr. Govan’s lump payments in December were actually for months of work.

“Representative Govan was announced as a senior adviser to the campaign in September 2019,” Doug Rubin, a spokesman for Mr. Steyer’s campaign, said in the statement. “As his role as a senior adviser, the campaign agreed to compensate him in the amount of $10,000 per month plus reimbursable expenses to execute on a specific scope of work.

The statement went on to say, “The $43,000 amount is the amount Representative Govan was paid from September-December plus reimbursable expenses. Representative Govan’s compensation is consistent with the salaries of other members of the team in South Carolina.”

The payments were made to Mr. Govan’s insurance agency, which the Steyer campaign said was not irregular, and that some strategists have campaigns pay their firms, though rarely is that an insurance agency.

Combined with an aggressive advertising campaign in the state (at more than $14 million, Mr. Steyer occupies 70 percent of the political ads in South Carolina), Mr. Steyer’s prospects have steadily rose in South Carolina, and a recent poll found him at 17 percent, good enough for third place behind Joseph R. Biden Jr., the former vice president, and Senator Bernie Sanders. The poll was a 12-point jump for Mr. Steyer from December to January.

Correction: Feb. 5, 2020

An earlier version of this article misstated the month that South Carolina State Representative Jerry Govan started working for the Tom Steyer campaign. He started in September, not October.

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday unleashed direct and explicit attacks on Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders, both of whom he is badly trailing in partial Iowa caucus results, arguing that Mr. Sanders would drag down other Democratic candidates and chiding Mr. Buttigieg for playing down the accomplishments of the Obama administration.

Mr. Biden, the former vice president, emphasized the need to choose a Democratic presidential nominee who will help down-ballot candidates. He noted that Mr. Sanders, of Vermont, describes himself as democratic socialist and said that Democratic candidates running in November “will have to carry the label” that Mr. Sanders applies to himself.

“Donald Trump is desperate to pin the socialist label of socialist, socialist, socialist, on our party,” Mr. Biden said. “We can’t let him do that.”

Then he moved on to Mr. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., telling the crowd that Mr. Buttigieg “calls me part of the old, failed Washington.”

“Is he really saying the Obama-Biden administration was a failure?” Mr. Biden asked. “Pete, just say it out loud.”

Mr. Biden, who spent 36 years in the Senate before serving two terms as President Barack Obama’s vice president, proceeded to highlight Mr. Buttigieg’s relative lack of experience.

“I have great respect for Mayor Pete and his service to this nation,” Mr. Biden said. “But I do believe it’s a risk, to be just straight up with you, for this party to nominate someone who’s never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana.”

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday acknowledged his poor showing in Iowa, promising to make a comeback starting with next week’s primary in New Hampshire.

“I am not going to sugarcoat it,” Mr. Biden told the crowd at an event in Somersworth. “We took a gut punch in Iowa. The whole process took a gut punch. But, look, this isn’t the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down.”

Mr. Biden said people were seeking to “write off this campaign” and had been since he entered the race.

“Well, I got news for them,” Mr. Biden said. “I’m not going anywhere.” He added, “And I’m counting on New Hampshire. We’re going to come back.”

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DERRY, N.H. — Senator Bernie Sanders began his town hall here in Derry on Wednesday morning on a solemn note.

“Today is a kind of serious and solemn day for the country,” he said, pausing briefly.

“The reason I’m wearing a tie” — unusual for him! — “is I’m going to be on a plane in a few minutes going to Washington, D.C., to vote for the impeachment of President Trump. This is serious business, and something that I have taken seriously.”

As one of four senators competing for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Sanders often found himself in recent weeks in Washington for the impeachment trial instead of on the campaign trail.

To fill their absence, he and the other senators sent out all manner of surrogates to campaign in their place. Mr. Sanders had his wife, Jane Sanders, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Amy Klobuchar had her daughter and an Olympic curling coach. Elizabeth Warren had Julián Castro, a former 2020 candidate, and her dog.

The impeachment trial was unfortunate timing for the senators. But many have taken pains to highlight their patriotic duty. All have said they will vote to convict Mr. Trump.

But in Iowa and New Hampshire, Mr. Sanders has not been able to resist sounding a bit annoyed.

“Frankly,” he told the modest crowd, “I would have preferred to be campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa during the period. But an impeachment is a rarity, it is of enormous consequence and it’s something that I have taken seriously as other senatorial candidates have done as well.”

Mr. Sanders will fly to Washington from New Hampshire after his town hall event ends today.

WASHINGTON — The Iowa Democratic Party will release another tranche of caucus results in the early afternoon hours on Wednesday, a Democratic official said, as officials slowly tabulate what happened in Monday’s first presidential nominating contest.

It’s not known how much of the caucus results will be accounted for in the next disclosure or how many more times the state party will release partial results before complete totals are known.

Two days after the caucuses, Iowa Democrats have released results from 71 percent of the more than 1,600 caucus precincts in the state.

As of now, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., holds a slight lead in the state delegate count over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third, with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in fourth and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota fifth.

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Michael R. Bloomberg on Wednesday nabbed his first endorsement from a governor: Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island.

Ms. Raimondo, a longtime ally of Mr. Bloomberg’s and a former chair of the Democratic Governors Association, called Mr. Bloomberg the right leader to stop President Trump from winning re-election. She appeared alongside Mr. Bloomberg on Wednesday at a campaign stop in Providence. (Rhode Island’s primary is on April 28, though few delegates are at stake.)

Mr. Bloomberg backed Ms. Raimondo’s run for governor in 2014, when she became the first woman elected governor in Rhode Island.

Ms. Raimondo was not always optimistic about Mr. Bloomberg’s chances: Soon after he entered the presidential race late last year, she called his bid a “long shot,” in part because of his billionaire status in a Democratic Party increasingly concerned with inequality. Mr. Bloomberg has already poured more than $200 million from his personal fortune into the campaign and has indicated he may spend hundreds of millions more.

But on Wednesday, Ms. Raimondo said she believed Mr. Bloomberg had the best shot at winning back the White House in November.

“Mike is a problem-solver with a long track record of delivering results, and I’m proud to stand with him today,” she said in a statement. “From fighting gun violence, to addressing climate change, to combating the opioid crisis and more, Mike understands the issues that impact our lives every day. We cannot risk another four years of President Trump’s destructive policies, and I know that Mike is the right leader to take him on.”

Mr. Trump has continued to focus his attacks on Mr. Bloomberg in recent days. On Twitter Wednesday morning, he mocked the results of the Democratic caucus in Iowa, calling it “a complete disaster” and suggesting that Democrats “bring in Mini Mike Bloomberg ASAP.”

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CONCORD, N.H. — Day 2 of the weeklong sprint to the New Hampshire primary began early Wednesday as several of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, discussed climate change and clean energy at a daylong forum here.

Ms. Klobuchar, of Minnesota, kicked off the event at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage. Next was Mr. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is hanging on to a slight lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the partial results released from the Iowa caucuses.

In his address, Mr. Buttigieg — who was confronted by a group of climate activists at a town hall event on Tuesday — called climate change the “global security issue of our time.”

“This is the pivotal moment in whether we’re able to address the problem,” he said, before delivering a brief version of his stump speech. He called for “a sense of common purpose” and argued that climate change is the type of problem that will require Democrats, Republicans and independents to work together to solve.

“If we get this right, this becomes a national problem,” he said. “And the thing about America is America always does better when we have a national problem.”

“Guilt and doom and fear are paralyzing emotions,” he added. “We now need to make sure that when we think of our approach to climate, the main thing that we feel is pride.”

Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and former Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts are all also scheduled to speak, as are surrogates for Mr. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren.

William F. Weld, another former governor of Massachusetts, who has mounted a long-shot challenge to President Trump in the Republican primary, also spoke Wednesday morning.

WASHINGTON — Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will leave New Hampshire and zip back to Washington today for the final moments of President Trump’s impeachment trial.

After months of hearings, testimony, arguments and political posturing, all three of them are expected to join their party in voting to remove President Trump from office. (But, barring the surprise of the century, they’ll be outnumbered by Senate Republicans.)

Then, they’ll fly back to New Hampshire, where they are locked in a tight race ahead of next week’s primary. (A fourth Democratic senator, Michael Bennet, is also running for president, and has focused his campaign on New Hampshire, but is mired at the bottom of the polls.)

None flew down to Washington for the State of the Union last night. Mr. Sanders delivered his own response from a rally in Manchester, N.H., calling the speech Mr. Trump’s “very last” address and attacking the president’s economic proposals.

“It is equally as important to discuss what President Trump refused to talk about,” Mr. Sanders said. “In the year 2020, how can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention climate change?”

Delivering a State of the Union response has become something of a tradition for the Vermont senator. Though not selected as the official representative of his party to appear on national TV, he offered his thoughts anyway in 2018 and 2019 as well.

An untested technology, novel reporting requirements, nearly a dozen competitors to tally across 1,600 precincts — what could go wrong? As the Iowa Democratic Party discovered Monday night, nearly everything.

A faulty smartphone app was at the center of a chaotic caucus night in Iowa, but technical glitches were not the only reasons behind a major delay in results from the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential contest.

A day and a half later, we’re still waiting for final results from the Iowa caucuses. But with 71 percent of precincts reporting as of late Tuesday night, Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead — having earned the most “state delegate equivalents.”

By that count he is edging out Bernie Sanders, who has the lead among so-called first and final alignments — a closer measure of the popular vote. (If you hadn’t heard, the way the Iowa caucuses work is pretty complex.)

Mr. Buttigieg had staked his campaign on a big result in Iowa — and he may have done better than almost anyone expected. He sounded appreciative and fired-up on Tuesday, speaking in Laconia, N.H.: “A campaign that started a year ago with four staff members, no name-recognition, no money, just a big idea — a campaign that some said should have no business even making this attempt — has taken its place at the front of this race,” he told supporters.

Whether he finishes first or second, Mr. Buttigieg will take solid momentum with him into the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Like Iowa, the Granite State has relatively few nonwhite voters, and its primary is open to Republicans and independents as well as Democrats. That means there’s the potential for more moderate voters to participate who are distressed by President Trump but uninterested in liberal proposals. Still, Mr. Sanders has held a decisive lead in most New Hampshire polls over the past few weeks.

The partial caucus results have Elizabeth Warren in third, seemingly enough to earn her a few delegates at the convention. Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears on track for a distant fourth-place finish — between Warren and Amy Klobuchar, who ranked fifth in the early delegate-equivalent count. That would be a disappointment for him, setting up an urgent need for a strong finish in New Hampshire or Nevada.

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DUBUQUE, Iowa — Troy Price, the head of the Iowa Democratic Party, said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that it’s a conversation that happens every four years: Does Iowa deserve to hold the first presidential nominating contest?

This time, though, the critique comes after a stunning crackup of the state’s prized caucuses.

Democratic officials who have long contended that Iowa is unrepresentative of voters nationally seized on the chaos of Monday night — partial results were not reported until late Tuesday afternoon — to argue that the state should not hold pride of place, reviving the criticism that its older, majority white population distorts Democrats’ vision of themselves as young and diverse. Read more here.

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Senator Bernie Sanders responded to President Trump’s State of the Union address with his own speech in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday night. He challenged Mr. Trump’s claims of a booming economy, saying, “It is only booming for Trump and his billionaire friends.”

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The leading Democratic candidates are beginning the day in New Hampshire, which holds its primary next Tuesday, even as they keep an eye on results from Monday’s caucuses in Iowa.

The four senators running for president — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet — are also expected to be in Washington this afternoon for the final votes in President Trump’s impeachment trial, though his acquittal is virtually certain.

And several candidates — Joseph R. Biden Jr., Ms. Warren, Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer — are scheduled to appear separately in hourlong “town halls” on CNN tonight, in which they will take questions from moderators and audience members. Four others will appear Thursday night. Those events will be held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, which is also hosting the next Democratic debate, on Friday night.

Here are the leading candidates’ schedules today:

  • Several candidates are scheduled to appear at a “Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall” in Concord today, including Pete Buttigieg, Ms. Klobuchar and Mr. Yang.

  • Mr. Buttigieg has no other public events on his schedule, but has two fund-raisers lined up in New Jersey and New York.

  • Mr. Sanders is holding a town-hall-style event at an opera house in Derry this morning.

  • Ms. Warren is holding a get-out-the-vote event at Nashua Community College in the morning, and has her CNN town hall event in the evening.

  • Mr. Biden has a campaign event in Somersworth today, and his CNN appearance tonight.

  • Mr. Yang is holding events in Concord, Milford and Keene before heading to the CNN set.



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