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Iowa Democratic Caucus Results Delayed by Technology Issues, Inconsistent Reporting

Democrats still didnt know who won the Iowa Democratic caucus on Tuesday morning after the Iowa Democratic Party said it was delaying releasing the results of the caucus.

Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Mandy McClure said in an initial statement that results were delayed “due to quality checks.”

“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” McClure added in another statement.

“In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

McClure claimed an application used to enter results didnt go down and the party didnt get hacked.

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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at a watch party at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“The underlying data and paper trial is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” she said.

Precinct chairs and voters reported widespread problems with the app.

“We are experiencing some issues in terms of people being able to load and connect with the app for their precinct reporting,” Bret Nilles, chairman of the Linn County Democratic Party, told Bloomberg News. Adam Mann, chairman of a caucus in Story County, told The Wall Street Journal that the app “wasnt working at all.”

The Iowa Democratic Party paid a company, Shadow Inc., over $60,000 to create the app. People noted that its co-owner professed excitement last year when then-South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg declared his candidacy. Federal Election Commission records showed Buttigiegs campaign paid Shadow Inc. over $42,000 for “software rights and subscriptions.”

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden walks in the crowd at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. (John Locher/AP Photo)

Buttigieg said early Tuesday that “all indications” showed that he won the Iowa Democratic caucus.

Dana Remus, general counsel for former Vice President Joe Bidens campaign, sent a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party late Monday calling what happened “acute failures.”

Remus said the campaign was aware of the partys plans to brief campaigns. “However, we believe that the campaigns deserve full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control you are employing, and an opportunity to respond, before any official results are reached,” she wrote.

Sen. Bernie Sanderss (I-Vt.) campaign, meanwhile, released its internal reporting numbers representing results from nearly 40 percent of the precincts in the state.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to supporters as they wait for results to come in at his caucus night watch party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. (Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images)

“We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Party, but we believe firmly that our supporters worked too hard for too long to have the results of that work delayed,” the campaigns senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement.

The data, which the campaign said was collected by trained campaign volunteers, showed Sanders in front in all three categories. Buttigieg, 38, was second in the final number, the state delegate equivalent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70.

The caucus featured three different results. Initial results showed which candidates were considered “viable.” Supporters from other candidates could then switch to other contenders and the second round of results reflected the new numbers. The final numbers were used to reach a number called the “state delegate equivalents” that each candidate earned.

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