UPDATE: Democrats still counting votes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's really close between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses.

Sanders describes it as a "virtual tie." But the Clinton campaign team is casting her performance as a win.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters, "we believe strongly that we won tonight."

He's pointing to Clinton's capture of at least 22 delegates to the party's national convention to Sanders' 21, with one left to be decided.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says the "virtual tie" he has secured in Iowa in the Iowa caucuses with rival Hillary Clinton sends a profound message that it's "too late for establishment politics and establishment economics."

Sanders says he'll wind up with about "half of the Iowa delegates."

Hillary Clinton says the extremely close finish with Bernie Sanders has caused her to have "a big sigh of relief." Clinton spoke late Monday as the Democratic Iowa caucuses were still being decided.

She called the race a "contest of ideas" and said she looks forward to the race against Sanders.

Third place finisher Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland, ended his quest for the nomination.

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