There’s still no victor in Iowa – or official results.
Thanks to a largely unexplained and unprecedented delay, raising questions about legitimacy, campaign officials are less than thrilled.
“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” the IDP said as quoted by Fox News. “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. This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”
It’s quite an embarrassment for the party – and a win for President Trump. All as failures reportedly highlight that the DNC is incapable of overseeing an election. Trump himself suggested the delay meant the caucuses were “rigged,” and that the party can’t be trusted to run healthcare or even implement government programs.
“The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran the Country. Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that. The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is ‘Trump,’” he tweeted.
It’s not stopping some candidates from claiming victory.
Pete Buttigieg is claiming victory in the caucus despite no results.
“It was an extraordinary night, and we are absolutely victorious coming into New Hampshire,” Buttigieg said in an interview on “CBS This Morning,” as quoted by Politico.
“We have the results from our organization, and if you look at what we were able to do, what happened last night, the fact that this campaign was able to gather support in urban, suburban and rural areas alike, in counties that Hillary Clinton won, counties that Donald Trump won, we are thrilled and absolutely consider that a victory,” he added.
Bernie Sanders’ team says he’s leading the caucuses.
However, at this time, it’s greatly uncertain when – or if results can be released soon.“We have zero official data from the Iowa Democratic Party at this point,” said Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, as also quoted by Politico. “There are serious questions about the process and during this time where we have no official verified information from the Iowa Democratic Party, we have, you know, campaigns putting out incomplete data that doesn’t paint a full picture.”