While we don’t quite know the results of the Iowa caucus yet, with the partial results rolling in yesterday, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg's changes of winning the most delegates is looking pretty good. So good that the candidate got a little emotional giving a speech in New Hampshire when informing the crowd of the results.
“It validates the idea that we can expand a coalition not only unified around who it is we’re against but around what it is we’re for,” Buttigieg said of reporting that he had a narrow lead after 62% of the precincts turned in their results. “And it validates a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country, there’s a lot backing up that belief.”
Buttigieg also notably uses the singular they in the speech.
“This is what we have been working, more than a year to convince our fellow Americans of, that a new and better vision can bring about a new and better day,” he continued.
Later, a reporter asked him about being emotional on stage and what a possible win meant to him.
“It’s extraordinary,” he said. “it’s a moment that we have been building towards from when we first opened that exploratory committee with four people in that tiny office in South Bend, no big email list, no personal fortune, no campaign money either — we had to build this thing from scratch. To see how far we’ve come and what we’ve been able to do … now again, it’s the end of the beginning right? There’s a long road ahead but it shows you the power of having a message and connecting with voters.”
If Buttigieg does win the Iowa caucus he would be the first openly gay presidential candidate to do so.