DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The latest on developments in Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the opening contest in the 2016 race for the White House (all local times):
However Iowa’s Democratic caucuses turn out, Hillary Clinton is assured of at least half of the state’s pledged delegates.
The Associated Press has awarded 43 of the 44 pledged delegates at stake. Clinton currently leads Bernie Sanders, 22 to 21.
Her delegate lead so far is due to a stronger performance in a congressional district in the southwestern part of the state.
The remaining delegate to be awarded will go to the winner of Iowa.
Sanders says he and Clinton are in ‘virtual tie” in the Monday night caucuses.
Bernie Sanders says it looks like he and Hillary Clinton are in a “virtual tie” for first place in the Iowa’s Democratic caucuses.
The Vermont senator is congratulating his chief rival for waging a “very vigorous campaign” in the first contest of the 2016 election.
Sanders – who calls himself a democratic socialist – says he came to Iowa nine months ago with no money, name recognition or political organization. He says he took on “the most powerful political organization in the United States of America” – namely the Clinton family.
Sanders says the people of Iowa have sent a profound message – that it’s too late for what he calls “establishment politics” in the United States.
Voter turnout for the Iowa Republican caucuses was up when compared with the count four years ago.
There were more than 180,000 people at Monday’s GOP caucuses. That’s up from about 121,000 in 2012.
Hillary Clinton says she’s excited for the campaign debate ahead with Bernie Sanders now that they’re the only two candidates left in the Democratic presidential primary.
It’s too close to call right now in Monday night’s Iowa caucuses. But there’s already been a big development: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has dropped out of the race.
Clinton tells supporters that she’s breathing a big sigh of relief. She says Democrats have a clear idea about what their campaign stands for and what’s best for the country.
Democrat Martin O’Malley is pulling out of the presidential race after the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, but says the party must “hold strong” behind the eventual nominee.
The former Maryland governor says Democrats must stick to their beliefs, including a responsibility to advance the common good.
Ted Cruz tells The Associated Press that his victory in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses is a victory for the grassroots, and he says his triumph is part of a larger movement of conservatives against what he calls the “Washington cartel.”
Cruz says his win “was a victory for courageous conservatives in Iowa and all around the country.”
The first-term Texas senator says that from “Day One, we built our campaign as a movement for Americans to organize and rally to band together against the disaster of the Washington cartel.”
Donald Trump says he’s honored by what he’s calling his second-place finish in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses.
Trump is speaking at an event with supporters after Ted Cruz was declared the winner of the Monday night contest – the first of the 2016 election.
Trump says that when he started the campaign, he was advised not to compete in Iowa because he couldn’t finish in the top 10. Trump says he felt he had to do it and wanted to give it a shot.
Trump is congratulating Cruz and the other candidates. He says he thinks he’ll win the New Hampshire primary next week and that he will go on to be the GOP nominee and win the White House.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz might have picked up momentum by winning the Iowa caucuses, but he’s not going to collect many delegates.
With his victory, Cruz will get at least eight delegates to the Republican National Convention.
Donald Trump will get at least seven, Marco Rubio will get at least six, Ben Carson will get at least two and Rand Paul will get at least one.
Delegates are awarded in proportion to the statewide vote. There are six delegates still to be awarded.
“We want Ted” is the chant at Ted Cruz’s jubilant caucus-night party in Iowa.
And supporters of the Texas senator – who won Monday night’s Republican caucuses – are soon to get their wish. Cruz is flying from Cedar Rapids to Des Moines to join the celebration.
The crowd erupted in cheers when TV screen showed that the race was being called for their favored candidate.
Republican Mike Huckabee says he’s ending his second bid for the White House.
The former Arkansas governor writes on Twitter that he’s “officially suspending my campaign.” He’s thanking his backers for their loyal support, adding the hashtag #ImWithHuck.
He joined the race last May, with an announcement in the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton. But Huckabee became just one candidate in a crowded field that included many political newcomers.
His campaign failed to take off with candidates like billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio dominating the race.
Ted Cruz has come out on top in the leadoff Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, pushing aside Donald Trump and emerging from the pack of candidates.
There are big differences when it comes to the age of caucus-goers in Iowa who say they are supporting Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
More than 8 in 10 Democratic caucus-goers under 30 say they came to support Sanders on Monday night, as did nearly 6 in 10 of those between age 30 and 44.
But nearly 6 in 10 caucus-goers between age 45 and 64, and 7 in 10 of those 65 and over, came out to back Clinton.
That’s according to entrance poll interviews with people arriving at their caucus sites.
The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research as voters arrived at 40 randomly selected sites for Democratic and Republican caucuses.
Democrat Martin O’Malley has suspended his presidential campaign.
The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor never gained traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Word about O’Malley’s move comes from people familiar with his decision. They weren’t authorized to discuss it publicly and requested anonymity.
O’Malley campaigned as a can-do chief executive who pushed through key parts of the Democratic agenda in Maryland. They included gun control, support for gay marriage and an increase in the minimum wage.
But O’Malley struggled to raise money and was polling in the single-digits for months despite campaigning actively in Iowa and New Hampshire.
-Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey contributed to this report.