UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Officials in Iowa reportedly knew there were problems with the mobile app used to tally the results in Monday’s caucus. The state’s Democrat Party released a statement late Monday to announce its decision to delay the release of the official results. They cited “inconsistencies” in the results as the reason for the postponement.
The Democrats went on to specify the delay was not because of a hack in an apparent effort to quell possible theories of election interference. On top of the supposed “inconsistencies,” however, many county chairs in Iowa have said they reported problems with the new app in the week before the caucus date. One chair from Polk County said not only were there unresolved problems with the app, but local Democrat officials weren’t provided any training on how to use it.
There were also reports of the phone lines being backed up for counties to report their results, with some reports suggesting county officials were on-hold for over an hour. Many counties were forced to switch to recording the votes on paper. Despite all this, the state’s Democrat Party has assured voters the underlying reporting was sound, but it would take time to tally the votes.
During the so-called “quality checks,” multiple candidates addressed their supporters with all of them claiming to be doing well in the state.
“Thank you, thank you and let me begin by stating that I imagine, have a strong feeling that at some point, the results will be announced,” said Bernie Sanders. “And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling, we’re going to be doing very well here in Iowa.”
Elizabeth Warren also expressed hopefulness in Iowa. “This is the moment we have been called to, our moment to make history, our moment to dream big,” she told her supporters. “Fight hard and win.”
Besides being the first state to kick-off the presidential primaries, Iowa’s caucus has also historically been a good predictor of who will go on to win the Democrat primary. Seven of the past 10 Democrat presidential nominees won in Iowa.
Most Democrat contenders headed over to New Hampshire Monday night in anticipation of the state’s primaries, which are scheduled for February 11, 2020.
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