Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Clip shows Larry David and Bernie Sanders reacting after discovering they're related For now, Trump dossier creates more questions than answers MORE declared the Iowa caucuses a "virtual tie" as he thanked supporters late Monday night with the official results still unknown. 

"The people of Iowa have sent a very profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment and to the media establishment," the Vermont senator said during a campaign rally in Iowa. 
 
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"And that is given the enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics." 
 
Sanders noted that he started his presidential campaign with no money and little name recognition despite looking to take on "the most powerful political organization in the United States of America."

"Tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie," he said. 
 
"And while the results are still not complete, it looks like well have about half of the Iowa delegates."
 
Sanders and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE are locked in a dead heat, with 93 percent of precincts reporting. The former secretary of State has won 49.8 percent of state delegates, compared to Sanders's 49.6 percent. That likely means that the candidates will essentially split the state's delegates. 
 
But the title of victor is an important intangible title for either candidate as they battle for supremacy in the tight nominating contest. 
 
Despite the margin, Clinton aides declared victory to MSNBC earlier in the night, but she did not expressly proclaim victory in her speech to supporters about an hour later.