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Why the confused Iowa caucus result is actually the best possible outcome for Bernie Sanders

Counter-intuitively, the fact that Sanders and Buttigieg both emerge from Iowa as declared victors may prove beneficial to the former

By Ross James Gildea  

Vermont Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks with his family on stage during his Caucus Day rally on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines. Photo: Brian Powers/Des Moines Register via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA

Amid the confusion of Iowa, it is difficult to imagine a more inauspicious start to the presidential primaries for the Democratic Party. The Iowa caucuses is as much an exercise in campaign optics as a contest for pledged delegates. The state is modest in size and its primarily white population is unrepresentative of the United…

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