Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE touted partial results from the Iowa caucuses showing him narrowly leading the Democratic field, linking it to his historic candidacy as a gay millennial. “It validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs or she belongs or they belong in their own family,” Buttigieg told a crowd of supporters in Laconia, N.H. Buttigieg is the first openly gay candidate to mount a major presidential campaign and could become the first openly gay candidate to win the Iowa caucuses. Results from 62 percent of Iowa’s precincts released by the Iowa Democratic Party showed Buttigieg leading with 28 percent of the delegates who will eventually be elected to the national convention. He was trailed closely by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) with 25 percent.
The results are not final and were released a day after technical errors delayed the Iowa vote count by almost a day. The Iowa Democratic Party’s chairman, Troy Price, said earlier that he did not have a timeline for when the final results would be released.
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Buttigieg had faced strong criticism from rivals after appearing to declare victory on Monday night, even as no results from the caucuses had been released.
Addressing supporters on Tuesday, Buttigieg touted the early results in a version of his speech he gave on Monday night in Des Moines.
“Just in case you haven’t been glued to your phone for the last few minutes, I want you to hear something from me,” Buttigieg said on Tuesday.
“Results are in from a majority of precincts, and they show our campaign in first place,” he said to cheers.
The partial results showed Buttigieg’s chief rival for the moderate mantel of the party, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, placing fourth, behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass).