Big Zero: Major Malfunction in Iowa, As Caucus Results Are Delayed

By Susan Jones | February 4, 2020 | 5:00am EST
One of these Democrats may emerge as the winner in Iowa, if the state's Democrat Party can tabulate the caucus results, which were unavailable as of early Tuesday morning. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
One of these Democrats may emerge as the winner in Iowa, if the state's Democrat Party can tabulate the caucus results, which were unavailable as of early Tuesday morning. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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As of early Tuesday morning, no winners had been declared in Iowa, but there was one big loser -- the Iowa Democrat Party.

A tabulation fiasco, blamed on an app, left all Democrat presidential hopefuls with zero results long after the Iowa caucus-goers headed home.

As frustrated 2020 presidential hopefuls hurried off to New Hampshire Monday night, the Iowa Democrat Party's Communications Director Mandy McClure issued a statement:

We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.

In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.

This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down, and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound, and will simply take time to further report the results.

Although there are no results from Iowa's first-in-the-nation nominating contest, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is claiming victory, tweeting around midnight:

"Iowa, you have shocked the nation. By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious. #IowaCaucuses"

There's no basis for saying that, of course, since the results are not in.

As of early Tuesday morning, there was no comment from the Democrat National Committee, which is dedicated to electing Democrats to run the country.

In a letter to Kevin Geiken, the executive director of the Iowa Democrat Party, the Biden campaign late Monday wrote: "The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the Party’s back-up telephonic reporting system likewise has failed."

The Biden campaign's general counsel Dana Remus said those failures occurred statewide:

"[W]e 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," Remus said.




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