Dems Drop 62% of Iowa Results, Say They Don't Know When Rest of Caucus Data Will Be Released

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price told reporters Tuesday that the delay in reporting full statewide results from the Iowa Democratic caucus that was held on Monday was because of "irregularities."

Precincts were supposed to use an app to report their results for the final alignments and delegate dispersion, but that app failed due to what Price called a "coding error." As of this writing, only 62 percent of the results have been released to the public.

"Last night," Price said, "we were faced with multiple reporting challenges and decided out of an abundance of caution to protect the integrity of the Iowa caucuses and their results by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data. A thorough, transparent and independent examination of what occurred yesterday will follow."

"The bottom line is that we hit a stumbling block on the back end of the reporting of the data, but the one thing I want you to know: we know this data is accurate," Price continued. "We also have a paper trail and documentation that we'll have been able to use to help verify the results."

"I will say that we have worked with cybersecurity experts, nationally renowned cybersecurity experts, to test this app and to do testing and security checks on this app," Price said. "We took the steps we felt was necessary but we found a coding error last night once we discovered some irregularities as the results started to come in."

Newsweek reached out to the Iowa Democratic Party for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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With only 62 percent of Iowa caucus results released Tuesday, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has taken the lead in Iowa with almost 27 percent of the vote and 10 delegates. Spencer Platt/Getty

According to the results that have been released, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was in the lead receiving 26.9 percent of the votes. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders came in second place with 25.1 percent of the vote. Both Buttigieg and Sanders have so far received 10 delegates from Iowa.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren came in third place, garnering 18.3 percent of the vote so far and four delegates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who had been a favorite in some pre-caucus polls, landed in fourth place with 15.6 percent of the vote and no delegates.

More Iowa caucus results are expected, but no timeline has been given for the release of that information.

Despite the lack of complete information about the caucus results, Buttigieg told his Iowa supporters that his campaign was moving on to the primaries in New Hampshire "victorious."

"We don't know all the results," Buttigieg said in a speech to supporters on Monday, "but we know by the time it's all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation. By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious."

In a Tuesday interview on CNN, Buttigieg said he made the claim of victory in Iowa based on internal data from his campaign. "For a campaign that a year ago, I think a lot of people were questioning what right we even had to do this and to make the attempt," Buttigieg said. "And so it's clearly a victory for us even as we—along with, I think, the whole country—impatiently wait for some official results from the party,"

New Hampshire is expected to hold its primary on February 11 while the next Democratic Debate is scheduled to occur on Friday.