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US elections 2020

Biden sinks to 4th as Iowa results unfold

Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders take early lead in bellwether US caucus

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden wipes his brow while greeting supporters after a campaign event in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Feb. 4.   © Reuters

DES MOINES, U.S. -- Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders have emerged on top in partial caucus results released Tuesday afternoon in Iowa, while the U.S.'s former Vice President Joe Biden fell far behind.

As of 8 p.m. in Iowa, both candidates had won 10 delegates, though 26.9% of the partial vote went to Buttigieg and 25.1% to Sanders, with 62% of precincts reporting. The final results will determine which candidates the state's 41 pledged votes will go to at the Democratic National Convention, where the party will anoint its nominee.

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