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Joe Biden told supporters in New Hampshire Wednesday that the Iowa caucus results were "a gut punch," per AP.

Where it stands: With 71% of precincts reporting in Iowa, Biden stands in fourth place, behind Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

  • "We took a gut punch in Iowa, the whole process took a gut punch," Biden said. "This isn't the first time in my life I've been knocked down."
  • "I'm not going anywhere. And I'm counting on New Hampshire. We're going to come back," he added.
  • He also directly took on Sanders and Buttigieg, attacking the former's democratic socialism and the latter's thin electoral resume.

The state of play: Should it hold, Biden's fourth-place finish in the first-in-the-nation caucuses could prove detrimental to his pitch as the most electable candidate — which was the main thrust of his argument as he toured Iowa in recent months.

  • "We view Iowa as the beginning, not the end," said Biden surrogate Symone Sanders in the Iowa run-up, calling the first four contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — "four parts of one whole."

Go deeper: How Trump will use the Iowa caucus meltdown

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Food banks feel the strain without holiday volunteers

People wait in line at Food Bank Community Kitchen on Nov. 25 in New York City. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City

America's food banks are sounding the alarm during this unprecedented holiday season.

The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

5 hours ago - Health

AstraZeneca CEO: "We need to do an additional study" on COVID vaccine

Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.

Updated 7 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus cases rose 10% in the week before Thanksgiving.
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions.
  3. World: Expert says COVID vaccine likely won't be available in Africa until Q2 of 2021 — Europeans extend lockdowns.
  4. Economy: The winners and losers of the COVID holiday season.
  5. Education: National standardized tests delayed until 2022.

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