The battle to see who challenges Republican President Donald Trump in November has entered an urgent phase, with eight candidates including late entrant Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, scrambling for advantage.
Bloomberg seemed nervous and hesitant in a rough debut before a national audience in a debate that gave voters their first unscripted look at the media mogul and self-funding former New York mayor
Democratic frontrunner says the country is run by murderous thugs during a televised debate between 2020 presidential hopefuls.
Bloomberg has risen sharply in recent opinion polls in the race for the Democratic nomination to challenge Trump in the Nov. 3 election after pouring hundreds of millions of his own dollars into advertising in states that vote in March or later.
While Sanders and Buttigieg finished first and second in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary respectively, the contest also showed the growing appeal of US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
That Democratic Party candidates have failed to mention Syria or Bashar al Assad when talking foreign policy is a worrying sign that the US will continue its failed Syria policy.
"This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," the 78-year old senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders told cheering crowd as he raised the roof with his rallying cry for fairer taxes and health care reform.
As Sanders predicted victory, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg hoped to seize the backing of his party's establishment with a strong finish.
Pete Buttigieg declared the winner in the Iowa Caucus, narrowly edging out Senator Bernie Sanders in the first contest for the US Democratic presidential nomination.
Bernie Sanders was in second place and Elizabeth Warren in third in the first batch of long-delayed results from the chaotic Iowa Democratic Party caucuses.
Iowa's vote, which kickstarted the 2020 US presidential contest, degenerated into a fiasco marred by major delays, with Bernie Sanders claiming a slim lead in the Democratic caucus after citing partial unofficial results.
His campaign has all the momentum. But securing the nomination might prove harder than winning the presidency.
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