Pete Buttigieg Responds to Being Called '#MayorCheat' After Prematurely Declaring Iowa Caucus Victory

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to people calling him "#MayorCheat" on social media, following the debacle surrounding delayed Iowa Democratic caucus results.

During an appearance on CBS This Morning Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said that it was not premature to call his campaign "victorious," as the hashtag "#MayorCheat" trended.

"Looking at what happened last night, looking at all of the data that we've got, it was an extraordinary night," Buttigieg said.

"We are absolutely victorious coming into New Hampshire. This is a campaign that when we launched a year ago, people said, 'You're not a senator. You're not a national name. What business does somebody from a mid-sized city in the middle of the country have running for president?' Said 'we shouldn't even be here.' And now, here we are, in the position that we are in, coming into New Hampshire for what we think will be another historic night, a week from today."

Buttigeig said that a paper process will verify his victory, adding that because people were physically present in the room during caucuses, they can see how people aligned. "It's verifiable, but still very very frustrating," he said.

Monday night's delayed Iowa caucus results caused a stir among the Democratic presidential candidates, as that state's Democratic Party reported inconsistencies due to glitches in the app used to report results.

CNN reported that a senior campaign adviser said the campaigns and voters will not know results until Tuesday at least.

Lee Fang, a journalist for The Intercept, tweeted early Tuesday that the caucus app was created by a firm called "Shadow" that was paid by both the Nevada and Iowa Democratic parties and Buttigieg's campaign.

Buttigieg delivered a victory speech Monday night, despite no precincts reporting. "We don't know all the results, but we know by the time it's all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation," he told the crowd. "By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious."

When asked how his campaign could declare victory without the official results in, Buttigieg during his CBS This Morning appearance Tuesday that his organization had the results, and added that the diverse voters that his campaign attracted marked a win to him.

"We have the results from our organization. And if you look at what we were able to do, what happened last night, the fact that this campaign was able to gather support in urban, suburban, and rural communities alike, in counties that Hillary Clinton won, counties that Donald Trump won, we are thrilled and absolutely consider that a victory," he said.

Buttigieg's campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at a watch party at Drake University on February 03, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Buttigieg declared victory despite the delayed results Win McNamee/Getty
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