#MayorCheat Trends After Pete Buttigieg Declares Iowa Caucus Victory Despite Results Being Delayed

#MayorCheat was the top trending hashtag in the U.S. on Twitter after Pete Buttigieg declared victory in the Iowa caucus despite the results being delayed.

Technology issues meant Iowa Democratic Party officials have not yet released the results from Monday's caucus, the highly anticipated start to the 2020 primaries.

Nevertheless, Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, appeared to suggest he had won.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: "Right off the stage here in Iowa. Incredible night, incredible result, and such phenomenal energy here. We are headed to New Hampshire victorious, and now we gotta build for the next phase."

In the first of a series of tweets, he said: "Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality."

He added: "Iowa, you have shocked the nation. By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious." New Hampshire will select candidates on February 11.

The declaration before any official winner was announced prompted Twitter users to blast Buttigieg using the hashtag #MayorCheat.

Among the critics was Democratic Congressional candidate James Ellars, who wrote: "Bernie won, Andrew Yang did well and #MayorCheat trying to steal the election. What will be done about this? #IowaCaucus."

Alongside a picture of former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, Rafael Shimunov said: "#MayorCheat rolls up to New Hampshire with victory badges he awarded to himself."

TV writer David Slade claimed the hashtag was trending alongside #BernieWon due to the work of Russian propaganda bots.

"While I can't yet prove it, I feel safe in saying that both #BernieWon and #MayorCheat are trending because Russian propaganda accounts are amplifying them," he wrote. "Putin's goal is to divide us. Instead, let's stand together, elect Democrats, and sanction his ass out of office."

Iowa Democratic Party officials have said final results from the caucus would be released later on Tuesday and insisted the problem was not a result of "a hack or an intrusion," the Associated Press reported.

IDP Communications Director Mandy McClure said some of the delay was due to issues with a new mobile app that was developed to report results to the party. Caucus organizers reported that they had problems downloading the app and other glitches.

Meanwhile, Buttigieg wasn't the only candidate who failed to wait for the results to be announced before suggesting they had done well.

"It looks like it's going to be a long night, but we're feeling good," former Vice President Joe Biden said, adding that the final results would "be close."

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders added that he had "a good feeling we're going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa."

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg arrives at a watch party at Drake University on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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