IOWA — Problems with a mobile app appear to have forced a delay in reporting the results of the Iowa caucuses, as the campaigns, voters and the media are pressing party officials for an explanation — and getting few answers.
An Iowa Democratic party official pointed to “quality control” as the source of the delays — but notes that about a quarter of the state's nearly 1,700 precincts have reported their data already. But other officials are blaming technology.
Des Moines County Democratic Chair Tom Courtney said he heard that a mobile app created for caucus organizers to report results to the party was “a mess.”
Joe Biden was declaring success in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, despite results not yet being released by the state Democratic Party.
"We feel good about where we are, so it's onto New Hampshire," Biden said Monday night, adding that he'd "walk out of here with our share of delegates."
The Iowa Democratic Party said the problem is a “reporting issue,” not a “hack or an intrusion.”
Biden has said he didn't have to win Iowa to win the nomination, but he wanted to avoid a bad showing.
Several donors attending his Des Moines watch party said they want to see Biden finish in the top three in Iowa to boost confidence going forward as the race moves to more diverse states where Biden is expected to be stronger.
For his part, Biden stuck to his usual argument, making President Donald Trump his target. "Each of us knows, deep in our bones, that everything this nation stands for is at stake," Biden said.
Elizabeth Warren said the results of the Iowa caucus were “too close to call” and instead used much of a speech at her caucus party to criticize President Donald Trump.
The Massachusetts senator told hundreds who gathered to cheer her on in downtown Des Moines on Monday night: “We don’t know all the results tonight, but tonight has already shown that Americans have a hunger for big structural change.”
Her White House bid calls for fundamentally remaking the nation’s economic and political system.
Warren said, “A president’s values matters and the only thing Donald Trump values is Donald Trump.” She said the president believes “government is a tool to enrich himself and his corrupt buddies at everyone else's expense.”
She said: "If you can imagine an America where people, not money, come first, then this campaign is for you."
Although the Iowa results aren't yet clear, she added: “Tonight we are one step closer to winning the fight for the America we believe is possible.”
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was the first Democratic presidential candidate to address the delayed Iowa caucus results, saying, “We know one thing: we are punching above our weight
Party Communications director Mandy McClure said Monday night that the party “found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.”
She said the party is using photos of the results and a paper trail to “validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report."
“The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results," she said.
It was not immediately clear how long it would take the state party to produce results.