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Biden vows to press on despite Iowa 'gut punch' – BBC News, BBC News

Biden vows to press on despite Iowa 'gut punch' – BBC News, BBC News
        

                                 Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden greets a man with his baby after a campaign event in Somersworth, New Hampshire, U.S., February 5, 2020 Image copyright                   Reuters                                                        
Image caption                                      Joe Biden came in a disappointing fourth place in the Iowa race                              

White House hopeful Joe Biden has called his poor performance in the Democrats’ first (leadership vote, in Iowa’s caucuses, a “gut punch”.

Mr Biden has come fourth, according to incomplete results from the election to pick a Democratic presidential nominee.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it,” Mr Biden said. “This isn’t the first time in my life I’ve been knocked down.”

With most results declared in Monday’s glitch-plagued caucuses, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are neck and neck.

But Mr Biden told an audience in New Hampshire: “I’m not going anywhere.”

According to partial results from Iowa, the former US vice-president under Barack Obama has failed to pick up a single one of the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic White House nomination under America’s quirky political system.

New Hampshire will be the next state to vote on 18 February in a string of nationwide votes culminating with the crowning of the party’s presidential candidate in July.

Eleven contenders remain in the race to challenge President Donald Trump, a Republican , in November’s election.

                                                                                                       Image copyright                   Spencer Platt / Getty Images                                                        
Image caption                                      With % of precincts reporting, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in first place with 26. 7% of the vote                              

Iowa, which has long defended its position as the first race of the election year, was beset by problems when its app for reporting results crashed on Monday, spawning lengthy delays in results.

The The Iowa caucuses present candidates With a golden opportunity to generate campaign momentum.

By Wednesday, 100% of precincts had reported:

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