Huckabee and Obama have it
Sounds like they’ve called the Iowa caucuses. Huckabee’s the huge winner on the R side, with Romney an anemic second. Obama got a very narrow win on the D side (35%), with Edwards and Clinton effectively tied for second with 31%.
Interestinger and interestinger.
UPDATE: OK, the final looks like 37% Obama, 30% Edwards, and 29% Clinton. Clinton only won a single age group: 65+ Obama overwhelmingly won the under-30 crowd, which turned out in record numbers. The total turnout for the Dem side caucuses was something like 230,000, more than twice the previous record. On the R side it was something like 108,000. It’s clear where the enthusiasm is this year.
Of course, it’s always worth mentioning how absurd it is that our candidates are effectively chosen for us by a tiny number of grossly unrepresentative white, rural voters in Iowa, NH, and SC.
Senator Barack Obama : 37.58%
Senator John Edwards : 29.75%
Senator Hillary Clinton : 29.47%
Governor Bill Richardson : 2.11%
Senator Joe Biden : 0.93%
Uncommitted : 0.14%
Senator Chris Dodd : 0.02%
Precincts Reporting: 1781 of 1781
UPDATE: Worth noting: Both tonight’s winners support a carbon cap-and-trade system. I’m pretty sure that’s what shaped tonight’s Iowa results. Ahem.
UPDATE: Dodd and Biden are both out. Gravel’s staying in. No word from Kucinich.