Iowans gathered at a Des Moines bar watched nervously as caucus results trickled in, with the Democratic candidates in a tight race. Rough cut. (No reporter narration.)
ROUGH CUT. (NO REPORTER NARRATION.) STORY: After caucusing for their chosen candidates on Monday (February 1), some Iowans gathered at El Bait Shop Bar and Grill in Des Moines to watch the Democratic results on television, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a race too close to immediately call. On the Republican side, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz beat billionaire Donald Trump in Iowa's presidential nominating contest, upsetting the national front-runner in the race to be their party's White House nominee. But at local watering hole El Bait Shop, many were focusing their attention on the television screens, where news broadcasts showed both Sanders and Clinton at their respective rallies. With more than 93 percent of Iowa precincts reporting, the two presidential candidates were in a virtual tie. "I'm really nervous. I caucused for Hillary and I'm cheering for her and every time we get a new result, it is really nerve-racking, so I'm watching with bated breath," said Des Moines resident Jamie Burch. Others said they were happy with the way their Democratic caucus turned out, regardless of the state's uncertainty as results trickled in. "Obviously I voted for Bernie. It was a good experience. We killed it there, it was 290 over 190 for Hillary so I was happy with the outcome. We got six delegates, she got five, so it was a good caucus," said Pete Aldinger, who sported a Sanders shirt as he drank beer. Iowa has held these first nominating contests since the early 1970s, giving it extra weight in the U.S. electoral process that can translate into momentum for winning candidates. The caucuses are voter gatherings that take place in 1,100 schools, churches and other public locations across the Midwestern state.