DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mike Huckabee are the big winners in the Iowa caucuses.
Obama campaigned on a promise to change Washington. The Illinois senator eased past Hillary Rodham Clinton, who stressed her experience, and John Edwards, who railed against special interests.
Edwards tells The Associated Press the caucus shows that voters are choosing change over the status quo. He is vowing a vigorous campaign into New Hampshire.
On the Republican side, Huckabee rival Mitt Romney is framing the caucus results as something less than defeat. He says after trailing the former Arkansas governor by more than 20 points a few weeks ago, he's pleased that he has been able to make up ground.
Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Biden are abandoning their campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination after poor showings in the Iowa caucuses.
Senator Clinton, with husband Bill at her side, is pledging to take the enthusiasm of her supporters in Iowa on to New Hampshire.
She congratulated caucus winner Senator Barack Obama -- and former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Edwards with whom she was in a virtual tie for second place .
Hailing the unprecedented turnout, she called it a great night for Democrats. Clinton says she believes they'll retake the White House next year.
Obama eased past Clinton and Edwards with 37 percent of the support.
Huckabee, who won despite being outspent by rival Romney, says the results prove that "people are more important than the purse."