Sanders predicts he'll do 'very, very well' as Iowa continues to wait for results

Sanders predicts he'll do 'very, very well' as Iowa continues to wait for results
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DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE (I-Vt.) pledged to supporters that he would do “very, very well” when the results of the Iowa caucuses finally come in — whenever that may be.

The caucuses descended into a debacle late Monday night as results were delayed past midnight Eastern Time. 

The reasons for the delay remain unclear, although there have been persistent reports that an app used for reporting results malfunctioned.

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Sanders addressed the problem at the beginning of his remarks, noting wryly that he had a “strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced.”

Sanders had been the favorite to win the caucuses, where he has led in most recent polls and drawn larger crowds than any other candidate. 

But there is no way of knowing yet whether he has been deprived of a critical boost or has avoided a political embarrassment by the delay in the results.

In the absence of actual results, Sanders stuck largely to his stump speech, blasting President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE as a “pathological liar,” as he often does, and making his signature calls for universal health care and free public college education.

Other candidates had seized the spotlight before Sanders spoke. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Hillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike MORE (D-Minn.) had already delivered remarks before Sanders took to the stage here at a Holiday Inn adjacent to the Des Moines International Airport.

Sanders is scheduled to hold a rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday evening. He is leading the polls in the Granite State, where the primary will take place on Feb. 11.

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One question that remains unanswerable thus far is whether New Hampshire assumes even greater importance than usual because the impact of Iowa is so dulled by the results fiasco.

The atmosphere at Sanders headquarters was as confused and anticlimactic as at every other campaign headquarters — and across the political world.

Supporters were dismayed by the delay and suspicious about the lack of transparency around it.

Aru Shiney-Ajay, a Sanders volunteer from beyond Iowa, told The Hill that she had been left "very frustrated" by the delay.

She said that Sanders's candidacy, along with that of Warren, had shown the appetite for progressive change in Democratic circles.

"I hope that the Democratic Party understands that and doesn't stand in the way of it," she said.

“The message that Iowa has sent to the nation is that we want a government that represents all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors and the 1 percent,” Sanders gamely told his supporters.

The problem, of course, is that as midnight struck on the East Coast, no one had any real idea what message Iowa has sent.