“Joe Biden repeatedly said he would win Iowa. In reality, he may slip to fifth place and lose to [Sen.] Amy Klobuchar,” the campaign said in a statement, referencing the Minnesota Democrat.
“A crazy socialist and a former small town mayor just crushed the former Vice President,” it added, apparently referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The statement comes after the Iowa Democratic Party released results from 62 percent of the approximately 1,700 precincts across the state that voted in Monday night’s caucuses.
The figures showed Buttigieg leading with about 28 percent of the delegates who will eventually be elected to the national convention, followed by Sanders in second with 25 percent of the so-called delegate shares. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took 18 percent of the vote, while Biden rounded out the top four with 16 percent.
Biden’s camp had worked to lower expectations for his showing in Iowa heading into Monday’s caucuses, with the campaign sending an email before the contest saying it would “compete every step of the way” regardless of the results.
Trump’s campaign released a video cutting together interview clips of the former vice president saying he would win the Hawkeye State’s caucuses.
WATCH: Joe Biden repeatedly said he would win Iowa.
Now we know he likely finished far behind, in fourth place. pic.twitter.com/gMAulgybHV
— Trump War Room – Text WOKE to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) February 4, 2020
“Oh, I plan on winning Iowa. I’m working like hell to win Iowa,” Biden said in one clip from October.
Biden has centered his campaign around his perceived electability, arguing that a centrist such as himself is best positioned to defeat Trump in a handful of key swing states in the general election. The former vice president has made his argument that he would beat Trump “like a drum” a cornerstone of his stump speech.
The Trump campaign mocked the claim, releasing its statement with the subject line, “Joe Biden Predicted He Would Win Iowa. He Got Beat Like a Drum.”