Buttigieg and Sanders Lead Caucus Candidates, with 62 % of Precincts Reporting
Initial data released by the Iowa Democratic Party shows Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders ahead in the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
The tally of state delegate equivalents released Tuesday shows Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar trailing behind.
The party released 62% of results from all 99 counties after a daylong delay sparked by technical problems. It was unclear when the remaining results will be released by the party, which says it is still verifying data from caucuses across the state.
Earlier Tuesday, Buttigieg claimed on "CBS This Morning” that his performance in Iowa was “phenomenal,” especially given the fact that he had started his presidential campaign with little name recognition.
Some leaders of Iowa Democratic precincts were experiencing issues with the party’s caucus night reporting app even before caucusing started. Technical glitches and user error delayed results for hours.
Amber Mohr, a precinct chair and a co-chair of the Shelby County Democrats says she was never able to successfully download the app, getting warning messages every time she tried. Days before caucus night she told other chairs in her county to plan on just calling in their results.
“We kind of gave them the advice if you get the app to work fine. If not, this is the number to call put it on your phones right now. And we'll just go off that because that will still be able to report the information accurately.”
The number of callers overwhelmed the phone lines at the Iowa Democratic Party, resulting in long wait times and delays in reporting. The IDP says there was also a problem with the coding of the app that meant some data was incomplete. State party leaders have said this was not a hack or an intrusion, and the underlying paper trail of results is accurate.