Pete Buttigieg has narrow Iowa lead in Democratic race

Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a town hall campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in long-delayed results from the chaotic Iowa Democratic Party caucuses. Former Vice President Joe Biden trailed badly in fourth place with about 71% of precincts reporting.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren placed third in the results, released a day after Iowans poured into more than 1,600 public locations to begin the five-month process of picking a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump for November’s election.

Buttigieg, the moderate 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had 26.8% of state delegate equivalents, the data traditionally reported to determine the winner. Sanders, a U.S. senator, had 25.2%, while his fellow progressive, Warren, was at 18.4% and Biden at 15.5%. Senator Amy Klobuchar was fifth at 12.6%.