'Inconsistencies' Cause Iowa Caucus Night Chaos

Results may not be out until morning
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2020 12:05 AM CST
'Inconsistencies' Blamed for Delayed Iowa Results
Bernie Sanders speaks at a caucus night campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Democrats were in disarray Monday night after the Iowa caucus results were delayed due to what officials said were "inconsistencies" in the results. Sources tell the Hill that results from the first-in-the-nation vote are not expected until Tuesday morning. Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, said the delay was due to the fact that for the first time, the party is reporting three sets of results—the first round, the second round, and the overall delegate numbers, the Des Moines Register reports. She said inconsistencies were found in the three data sets. "This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion," McClure said.

Candidates including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren addressed caucus watch parties despite the lack of results and delivered what seemed to be modified victory speeches, Politico reports. "It looks like it is going to be a long night but I'm feeling good," Biden said. Warren told supporters it was "too close to call," and Sanders said he had "a good feeling we're going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa." Pete Buttigieg said Iowa had "chosen a new path" and he was going on to New Hampshire "victorious." The Trump campaign, meanwhile, mocked the Democratic Party, calling caucus night the "sloppiest train wreck in history," the Guardian reports. (More Iowa caucuses stories.)

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