Delays in Iowa Caucus Results Brings Criticism from Candidates, Twitter: 'Campaigns Deserve Full Explanations'

Statewide results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses were delayed Monday night by what the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) referred to as "quality checks."

As the hour neared midnight and only 2 percent of districts had reported in, observers had nothing to do but wait for the results of the caucus and speculate.

"The integrity of the results is paramount," wrote IDP Communications Director Mandy McClure in a statement. "We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now is that around 25 percent of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016."

According to MSNBC, an app that was meant to relay caucus information to the IDP failed and the backup system Iowa had in place was operating under capacity.

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Shawn Sebastian, Secretary of the Ames precinct, told Rachel Maddow that he had "been on hold for two hours" trying to report the results from his district via the backup system.

In a second statement the IDP said, "The app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion."

"Having serious anxiety over the @IowaCaucuses," tweeted Victoria Skovran. "Why is it taking so long? What does 'quality control' mean. #bernie people, is there reason to worry?"

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Author Ann Coulter tweeted, "The only possible explanation for the delay is: Donald Trump won the Iowa Democratic caucus!"

NBC Senior Digital Politics Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald tweeted, "The big news here is TURNOUT. They say it's on pace for 2016, which is LOW. 172,000 turned out in then, down from the record-high of 240,000 in 2008."

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders addresses supporters during his caucus night watch party on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Alex Wong/Getty

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke about the delay on results reporting Monday to a crowd of Iowa supporters.

"We know there are delays," Klobuchar said, "but we know one thing: we are punching above our weight."

"I don't know whose idea it was to send Amy Klobuchar out to speak to supporters (and the nation) while we wait for results, but it was a stroke of genius. Literally nothing was filling the uncomfortable silence on the networks, guaranteeing her free tv time," tweeted Skylar Baker-Jordan.

"I imagine, have a strong feeling, that at some point the results will be announced and when those results are announced I have a good feeling that we are going to be doing very, very well in Iowa," said Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to his supporters.

In a statement from former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, Biden's General Counsel Dana Remus said the caucus's reporting system had "considerable flaws."

"We appreciate that you plan to brief the campaigns momentarily on these issues, and we plan to participate," Remus wrote. "However, we believe that the campaigns deserve full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control you are employing, and an opportunity to respond, before any official results are released."

New Hampshire is expected to hold the first primary in the 2020 presidential race next week.

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