The Republican National Committee said in a statement Monday night that the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses shows that the Democratic Party is "facing the very real prospect" of a self-described Democratic Socialist becoming the party's nominee.
“Tonight was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster for Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party," the RNC statement read. "The Democrat establishment wanted a coronation for Clinton but is now facing the very real prospect that a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist could be their party’s nominee."
The right-wing establishment party went on to say the reason for Sanders' strong showing in Iowa was the result of voters' distaste for Clinton's "hypocrisy and scandals."
"With damaging new developments breaking in her email scandal and an all-but-certain loss next week in New Hampshire, the Clinton campaign drastically underperformed when they desperately needed to over deliver," the statement said.
The candidates will now go on to New Hampshire, which will hold the first-in-the-nation primary February 9.