DES MOINES, Iowa – The slim margin by which Hillary Clinton won the Iowa caucuses shrank even narrower after the Iowa Democratic Party said Sunday it found counting errors in five of the 14 precincts it double-checked.
The Democratic Party announced Sunday that Clinton won 700.47 state delegate equivalents (SDEs) to Sanders’ 696.92 SDEs — a razor-thin percentage of caucus goers equal to 49.84%-49.59%.
The party determined that Clinton lost .122 SDEs in the recounting, Sanders gained .1053 and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gained .0167.
“I would like to thank the campaigns and local party leadership for working so hard on caucus night and in the following days to ensure that our results are accurate,” state party Chairwoman Andy McGuire said in a statement.
The Sanders campaign is conducting its own review of the results.
“Iowans from every corner of the state worked countless hours on behalf of the candidate they were supporting for months leading up to caucus night,” Sanders’ Iowa spokeswoman Rania Batrice said Monday. “They deserve accurate results, and we are committed to continuing to work with our precinct captains until we have checked and double checked all 1,681 precincts. We look forward to working with the IDP to ensure that results are correct once we have completed this process and have a full picture.”