Watch Pete Buttigieg's Emotional Post-Iowa Message to Queer Youth

"It validates for a kid... wondering if they belong..."

The results from the Iowa caucus are still trickling in, but as it stands now—at 26.8% of the precincts reporting—it looks like Pete Buttigieg can declare victory.

The former South Bend, Indiana mayor is already in the next battleground state, New Hampshire. While speaking with supporters there about the Iowa results, the openly gay presidential candidate got emotional over what his win means for those who feel different or like they don't belong.

"This validates the idea that we can have the same message, that we can reach out to Democrats, Independents, and even to future former Republicans, ready to bring change to this country," Buttigieg told the crowd while discussing his campaign's vision.

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DES MOINES, IOWA - FEBRUARY 03: Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a watch party at Drake University on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa experienced technical problems leading to delays in reporting results in the first in the nation caucus this evening. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“It validates the idea that we can expand. A coalition not only unified around who it is we’re against but around what it is that we’re for. And it validates for a kid somewhere in a community," Buttigieg continued, briefly choking up. "Wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong, in their own family, that if you believe in yourself, and your country, there’s a lot backing up that belief.”

"This is what we have been working more than a year to convince our fellow Americans of—that a new and better vision can bring about a new and better day," he added.

Watch Buttigieg's emotional speech in the video below.