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Buttigieg, Sanders in virtual tie with 97 percent of Iowa precincts reporting

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Overnight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Biden faces new Iran challenges after nuclear scientist killed MORE (I-Vt.) are in a virtual tie in the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to the latest results, released overnight.

With 97 percent of precincts now reporting, Buttigieg has 26.2 percent of state delegate equivalents and Sanders has 26.1 percent, a difference of 3 out of 1,097 votes.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Warren, Brown voice support for controversial Biden budget office pick Biden's economic team gets mixed reviews from Senate Republicans MORE (D-Mass.) trails with 18.2 percent.

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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Senate approves two energy regulators, completing panel Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race MORE has 15.8 percent, and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) has 12.2 percent.

No other Democratic presidential candidates broke the double-digit level in state delegate equivalents in the caucuses, which were marred by technical problems.

Sanders leads the popular vote, according to the results, getting 26.5 percent compared to Buttigieg's 25 percent. That translates into a difference of about 2,500 votes.

Warren is also in third place in the popular vote in Iowa, getting more than 18,000 votes.

Buttigieg had held a narrow lead over Sanders in earlier tallies of state delegate equivalents.

The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, Troy Price, said in a call with state party officials Wednesday night that full results should be released by Thursday morning, according to CNN.

A person on the call also told the network that Price promised an independent review.

Marty Johnson contributed to this report, which was last updated at 7:48 a.m.