DES MOINES, Iowa – Different precinct chairs have reported difficulties with the app the Iowa Democratic Party adopted this election cycle to report caucus results.
They originally expected results to start coming in by 7:00p (CT), but at the time of publication no results have been released.
The results will be delayed as caucus chairs will have to call in their results to the party’s hotline.
The party spokesperson said there was an issue with the reporting of three sets of results.
“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,” Mandy McClure, communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, said in a released statement.
Republican Party of Iowa Chair Jeff Kaufmann tweeted support for the Iowa Democrats saying accurate results are more important than fast results.
“I stand with IDP in ensuring #IACaucus results are correct rather than quick. Accuracy doesn’t run on deadlines,” he tweeted.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blasted the Iowa Democratic Party’s handling of their caucus.
“Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation with the sloppiest train wreck in history. It would be natural for people to doubt the fairness of the process. And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system? Tonight President Trump posted a record performance in the well-run GOP Iowa caucuses with record turnout for an incumbent,” he said.
RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel addressing the delay said Republicans are united.
“While the outcome in Iowa is still uncertain for Democrats, the Republican Party is more unified than ever behind President Trump and his historic record of results. In November, Americans will choose four more years of President Trump’s historic progress for our country,” she said in a released statement.
The delay caused uncertainty with several candidates giving quasi-victory speeches as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar all appeared to have a good night as caucus-goers and media tweeted out individual precinct caucus results. Most of those results came from the Des Moines Metro and Cedar Rapids so it’s unclear what the final results will be.
Here are some of the tweets candidates sent out on Monday night, most of the candidates have spoke and have headed out to New Hampshire. At time of publication, Sanders has not yet taken the stage.
Update: Tension between the Iowa Democratic Party and presidential campaigns. The delay does throw things in disarray with the New Hampshire Primary just one week away.
2nd Update: Campaigns were told not to expect results until sometime on Tuesday.