Bernie Sanders is neck-and-neck with Pete Buttigieg in Iowa with a little more than 60% of the Iowa vote (finally) in.
Buttigieg leads, at this point, in the critical state delegate equivalents count, with 26.9% to Sanders’ 25.1%.
Those numbers could well change, especially with parts of the state -- like in Black Hawk County -- where Sanders was banking on a strong showing not yet reporting their totals.
For now, though, the Sanders campaign is publicly focusing on a different count, where he has the lead: the raw vote totals.
In a statement, Sanders senior adviser Jeff Weaver highlighted those figures.
“We are gratified that in the partial data released so far it’s clear that in the first and second round more people voted for Bernie than any other candidate in the field,” Weaver said, after thanking Iowans.
In the initial count, Sanders has 27,088 to Buttigieg’s 23,666.
After caucus-goers whose candidates didn’t reach the 15% viability threshold were asked to go to their second choice -- or leave or tally themselves as uncommitted -- Sanders remains in front, with a higher total but smaller lead (28,220 to 27,030).