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Buttigieg remains ahead of Sanders as more Iowa results come in

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Posted at 1:00 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 01:00:22-05

The Iowa Democratic Party has released additional results of its kickoff presidential caucus after a long day of delay.

The early results show former Midwestern Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a slight lead over progressive Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the opening contest in the party's 2020 primary season.

The results late Tuesday followed 24 hours of chaos as technical issues marred the contest, forcing state officials to apologize and raising questions about Iowa's traditional place atop the presidential primary calendar.

It's still too early to call a winner, but the results so far are not good news for former Vice President Joe Biden, who's shown in fourth place behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The numbers show Buttigieg leading with 26.8 percent of the delegates awarded, despite trailing Sanders on the final ballot. The Vermont senator has 25.2 percent. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is third at 18.4 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 15.4 percent and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar with 12.6.

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and businessman Tom Steyer are on pace to be the only other candidates to receive delegates, both at one percent or less.