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Buttigieg: Fantastic To Hear I Won Iowa Caucus, Sanders "Clearly Had A Great Night, Too"


At a CNN town hall in New Hampshire, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg accepted his win in Iowa.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN HOST: OK.  I have news for everybody in the room, including you, sir, I believe.  The Iowa Democratic Party just released the final batch of results from the caucuses, 100 percent of precincts reporting.  You are holding a narrow lead of a tenth of a percentage point over Senator Sanders on the state delegate equivalents, which is the metric that we use to determine a winner.
What is your reaction?
PETE BUTTIGIEG (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:  Oh, that's fantastic news, to hear that we won.

First of all, I want to say Senator Sanders clearly had a great night, too, and I congratulate him and his supporters.  And for us, this is a campaign that a year ago I think a lot of people were questioning why we were even making the attempt.
And to see over the course of that year, having started with four people on the staff of the committee, we had this little cramped office in South Bend, no national name recognition, no personal fortune, no big e-mail list that you would get from having run for president before.  We just had this idea that we could build a different kind of politics, of belonging based on bringing people together.  And to see how that led to that win for us in Iowa is fantastic.
But I also know that we're in New Hampshire now.  We've got to look ahead.  New Hampshire is a state that has never been told what to do. And we've got to earn every vote and earn a win on Tuesday night right here.

CUOMO:  Correct me if I'm wrong, but as we both know, DNC Chair Tom Perez has demanded a recanvassing.  He wants to make sure after what happened there everything is accurate.  My guess is, you're not so big on a recanvassing.  How do you feel?  Do you think they should have a recount in Iowa?
BUTTIGIEG:  Whatever they need to do in order to make sure that the information is clear and verified.
CUOMO:  Would you request one?

BUTTIGIEG:  What's -- I'll leave it to the party to get into that.  But, you know, what I'll say is, nothing can take away what happened on Monday, just an extraordinary moment for the movement that we have built, and now we're looking ahead to New Hampshire and beyond.

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