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Iowa Democratic Party releases partial caucus results

Iowa Democratic Party releases partial caucus results
Posted at 5:09 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 22:55:19-05

IOWA — The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) has released some of the results from Monday’s caucuses.

The results show Pete Buttigieg leading the pack of presidential candidates among state delegates, but is trailing Bernie Sanders in the popular vote. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Buttigieg will end up claiming the most delegates from the state, because not all of the results have been released.

The state released 62% of the results at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

The caucus results were expected to be released Monday night, but the smartphone app used to record the voting data malfunctioned because of a “coding issue,” according to IDP Chair Troy Price.

“As precinct caucus results started coming in, the IDP ran them through an accuracy and quality check. It became clear that there were inconsistencies with the reports,” said Price in a statement.

While investigating the problem, Price says IDP staff activated pre-planned backup measures and entered data manually, which took longer than expected.

Price says the issue has been fixed and that the app’s reporting issue didn’t impact the ability of precinct chairs to report data accurately. He added that that there’s no indication that the party’s system was the target of a cyber-attack.

IDP hopes to release three sets of results: Voters' first preference, voters' final preference and state delegate equivalence. In the past, officials only released state delegate equivalence.

Forty-one national delegates were up for grabs in Monday's primary, which will be split among qualifying candidates.

President Donald Trump easily won the Iowa caucus for the Republican Party on Monday evening. Trump is facing token opposition from former Congressman Joe Walsh and Former Mass. Gov. Bill Weld.