DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party began releasing partial results of the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus on Tuesday.
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Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were ahead in the initial results released by the Iowa Democratic Party, with Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar trailing behind in the tally of State Delegate Equivalents. | View results
The data, made public for the first time nearly 24 hours after voting concluded, reflected the results of 62 percent of 100 precincts in the state.
It was unclear when Iowa's full results would be released.
While campaigns were eager to spin the results to their advantage, there was little immediate indication that the incomplete results eased the confusion and concern that loomed over the opening contest of the Democrats 2020 presidential primary season.
In a statement early Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party blamed a “coding issue in the reporting system” that it said has since been fixed. The problem kept party officials from releasing results from Monday’s caucus, the much-hyped kickoff to the 2020 primary.
Overnight, the Iowa Democratic Party said there were some discrepancies from reporting systems. So it is now contacting each caucus leader to verify results.
State party chairman Troy Price declined to answer pointed questions from frustrated campaign representatives about when the party would release the full results or how it could ensure their integrity -- even whether it would be a matter of days or weeks.
State party officials said the problem was not a result of a “hack or an intrusion.” Officials were conducting quality checks and verifying results, prioritizing the integrity of the results, the party said in a statement.
In the meantime, the candidates all gave what sounded like victory speeches as they head to New Hampshire next week.
So that leaves everyone waiting for a winner from the Iowa caucus — and not because it is too close to call.
Iowa Democratic officials are now going over the paper trail.
Sanders said he had “a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa” once results were posted. “Today marks the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he predicted.
“Listen, it’s too close to call,” Warren said. “The road won’t be easy. But we are built for the long haul.”
And Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was most certain.
“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” he said. “By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
Meanwhile, the first ever satellite Iowa caucuses took place in four locations in Florida on Monday night, including in St. Petersburg where Amy Klobuchar was the big winner, taking 48 votes out of 103 caucus goers.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.