DES MOINES, Iowa — Amid prolonged delays in the reporting of results from the Iowa caucuses, there are still no numbers, and no winner.
And yet, a number of Democratic candidates took the stage at their respective campaign headquarters to deliver speeches late Monday night that closely resembled declarations of victory as they vowed to push on to the next nominating contest in New Hampshire and beyond.
The speeches — by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg — were the latest act in an unprecedented and bizarre series of events on Iowa’s Democratic caucus night.
Warren, in her own speech, said that the race was “too close to call” but that “we are one step closer to defeating the most corrupt president in American history.”
Sanders, speaking at his election headquarters in Des Moines, said he had a "good feeling" that the results would be favorable.
“I have a strong feeling that at some point the results will be announced. And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa,” Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd.
Sanders' speech was largely the victory speech he had planned, but "with modifications,” a senior Sanders aide told NBC News.
The aide said the campaign chose to give the speech before results in order to take advantage of the window of media attention.
Yang also spoke at his headquarters at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
“I got to say, I’m a numbers guy and I’m still waiting on number for tonight," he told his supporters.
The delays in the reporting of the results Monday night caused widespread confusion, and some election workers struggled with the new app.
By 1 a.m. ET Monday, no results had been reported. The state Democratic Party said results would be released later Tuesday.
Adam Edelman is a political reporter for NBC News.