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AP Won't Declare Winner After Iowa Recount

Buttigieg still on top in final results
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2020 3:06 AM CST

(Newser) – The New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses have passed, and South Carolina’s vote is just a day away—but there’s still no winner of the Iowa caucuses, according to the AP. Final results of the first contest to decide the Democratic Party's nominee to challenge President Trump were released late Thursday, after the Iowa Democratic Party completed a recount of results at the request of two candidates, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, who are essentially tied for the lead. Following the initial delay in reporting results, and after observing irregularities in those results, the AP says it has decided it will not declare a winner in Iowa. After the Iowa Democratic Party's release of recounted results on Thursday, Buttigieg leads Sanders by a margin of 0.04 percentage points.

That's in the count of what are known as state delegate equivalents, which is the outcome of a caucus that the AP uses to declare a winner. Buttigieg has about one more state delegate equivalent than does Sanders, out of 2,151 counted. The state party will vote to certify the results of the caucuses on Saturday. At that point, the caucuses will formally end, and no further changes to the results will be made. Iowa awards 41 national delegates in its caucuses. As it stands, Buttigieg has 13 and Sanders has 12. Trailing are Elizabeth Warren with eight, Joe Biden with six and Amy Klobuchar with one. The 41st and final delegate will go to Buttigieg as the overall winner once the Iowa Democratic Party formally votes to certify the results of its caucuses.

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