By Maeve Reston, Dan Merica and Donald Judd, CNN
Updated 6:11 AM ET, Fri February 7, 2020
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)Pete Buttigieg knew he had pulled off a feat that, a year ago, was unthinkable.
Taking the stage just before midnight as the Iowa Democratic Party’s slow-motion disaster unfolded on caucus night, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, claimed victory before any official tallies were in.
“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation. Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious,” Buttigieg told his supporters, in a move that struck some as audacious.
But Buttigieg, whose campaign had built one of the best organizations in the state, was confident in the data coming from his team.