A spokesperson for Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE’s 2020 presidential campaign expressed confidence even after the Iowa caucuses ended without determining a winner.
“The race still appears to be wide open and that’s what we thought would happen after last night,” Benjamin Gerdes, senior press secretary for Steyer’s campaign, told Hill.TV on Tuesday.
“Now we’re heading on to places like Nevada and South Carolina, where Tom is making significant inroads,” he continued. “We still feel like we have a real shot at this thing.”
The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) has blamed a new mobile app for failing to provide any insight into who had won the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
IDP officials said the app that local precincts were relying on didn’t function properly but added that the caucus results would be released “as soon as possible.”
“Precinct level results are still being reported to the IDP. While our plan is to release results as soon as possible today, our ultimate goal is to ensure that the integrity and accuracy of the process continues to be upheld,” the party said in a statement.
The state party has drawn backlash for the debacle, with campaigns fuming over a lack of transparency.
As campaigns await the results, Gerdes maintained that Steyer will continue to focus on states like South Carolina and Nevada, where he has gained momentum in recent weeks.
“We’re breaking through what everyone thought was an unbreakable firewall,” Gerdes said referring to South Carolina. “Our understanding going forward is that we’re going to continue to make gains and we’re going to continue to grow in that state and if we’re able to do that in South Carolina and do that in Nevada, we feel like we have a real shot at the nomination.”
Though former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE has long been the favored candidate in South Carolina, recent polling shows his rivals, including Steyer, challenging him for that share of support.
RealClearPolitics average of South Carolina polls shows Steyer in third place with 16.5 percent support. Biden leads the pack in the Palmetto State with 30.5 percent of the vote followed by Sanders with 17 percent. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.) placed fourth with 10.5 percent of the vote.
Steyer is also among the top five in Nevada.
According to a recent Suffolk University-USA Today poll of Nevada, the billionaire philanthropist tied for fourth place with former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFeehery: Why Democrats are now historically unpopular Harris, Buttigieg to promote infrastructure law in Charlotte 'Fox & Friends Weekend' hosts suggest new variant meant to distract from Biden's struggles MORE (D), with each receiving 8 percent support. Biden is in first place at 19 percent followed by Sanders at 18 percent and Warren at 11 percent.