Hillary Clinton's early lead evaporates as Iowa Democratic caucuses tighten up

Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders gone, 49.9 percent to 49.4 percent with more than 85 percent of the vote in

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published February 2, 2016 3:46AM (EST)

 (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
(AP/Rogelio V. Solis)

Hillary Clinton's narrow lead in the early returns of the Iowa caucuses has substantially decreased with more than 85 percent of the results in and Clinton leading rival Bernie Sanders by less than 1 percent.

88 percent of caucus results on the Democratic side have been reported with Clinton's early lead virtually vanishing, 49.9 percent to Sanders' 49.4 percent.

Failing to reach 1 percent statewide, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley will reportedly suspend his campaign tonight.

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Iowa's 54 Democratic delegates are awarded proportionally.

Watch continuing Democratic caucuses results here.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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