Yang says he expects to 'surprise a lot of people' in Iowa

Yang says he expects to 'surprise a lot of people' in Iowa
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Presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangAndrew Yang: Calling coronavirus 'China virus' only used to incite 'hostility' Andrew Yang to launch issues-based podcast Majority of young Americans support universal basic income, public healthcare: poll MORE said Sunday that he expects to “surprise a lot of people” in Iowa.

ABC’s George Stephanpoulos pointed out on “This Week” Sunday, the day before the state's caucuses, that Yang has been in “a pretty consistent sixth place” in Iowa without reaching double-digit support. 

“We think we’re going to surprise a lot of people on Monday night, George, and we’ve got a ton of support in New Hampshire,” he said. “I can’t wait to take this vision to the rest of the country.”

Stephanopoulos also pressed the presidential candidate on whether he’d be able to stay in the race if he didn’t earn any delegates.

“You know that the Yang Gang will be here the entire way,” he answered.

The entrepreneur said he can’t predict where his supporters “would head” if his campaign did not reach the 15 percent minimum support required to earn delegates, adding the campaign currently does not have plans to guide them. 

“Many of them have supported Bernie in the past, but many of them supported President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE and they might just leave,” he said, referencing Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.), who is one of four candidates expected to lead in the caucuses.

Yang currently places in sixth in Iowa at 3.8 percent, behind Sanders, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight Is Texas learning to love ObamaCare? Romney warns Trump: Don't interfere with coronavirus relief oversight MORE, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg launches new PAC to aid down-ballot candidates HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats fear coronavirus impact on November turnout Hillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots MORE (D-Minn.), according to RealClearPolitics. The poll aggregator currently shows Sanders with a 3.6 percentage point lead in the state.