Iowa caucus results delayed due to ‘inconsistencies in reporting’
DES MOINES, Iowa—Early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Democratic Party released a statement saying inconsistencies in some reporting are causing a delay in the caucus results.
"We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. 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,” said Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure in the statement.
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said the party is now manually verifying the results.
“The integrity of our process, and the results have and always will be our top priority. At this point, the IDP is manually verifying all precinct results. We want to emphasize that this is a recording, not a hack or intrusion. And it's exactly why we have a paper trail and systems in place to uphold the integrity of our process," Price said.
The issue is apparently due to a mobile application that precincts started using this year to help them calculate the results.
Politico reported Monday that precinct captains were having difficulties with the app crashing.
The party promised that results will be released sometime on Tuesday as it works to manually verify all of the results.
Despite no official results, some campaigns are already releasing numbers and claiming momentum heading into the New Hampshire primary.
“There’s a lot of skeptics who said not now, not this time. All this talk of belonging and bridging divides is too naive, too risky. So tonight I say with a heart full of gratitude, Iowa you have proved those skeptics wrong,” said former South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigeg on Monday.
Voters at Buttigieg’s watch party said the delay in the results reporting is not slowing down their support.
“We’ve made it so much further than anybody thought we we’re going to make it going through. So either we get first place, or second place, or third place. That doesn’t really matter. The point is we’re going to get really important delegates and we’re going to have momentum going into New Hampshire,” a voter in Iowa said. “I heard a person who is determined and extremely motivated to become the most amazing next president of the United States.