Buttigieg takes lead, Biden lags in Democrats' first 2020 results

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

After glitches were reported in the app, the Democratic party said it would recount votes from the paper backups initially used to record results, causing a almost 24-hour delay. Biden's campaign sought to downplay the caucus results even before they were released, hardly a measure of strength for a high-profile contender who has led national polls for most of the previous year. The beloved local political reporter David Yepsen griped to Politico that "this cooks Iowa's goose". "The delay was embarrassing, but the key is to get the accurate votes, and the system did that".

In Tuesday's first results of state delegate equivalents, the data traditionally reported to determine the victor, Mr Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had 26.9 per cent, Mr Sanders had 25.1 per cent, Ms Warren 18.3 per cent and Mr Biden 15.6 per cent. Senator Amy Klobuchar was fifth at 12.6 per cent.

While all campaigns were eager to spin the Iowa results to their advantage, there was little immediate indication that the incomplete results erased the confusion and concern that loomed over the caucuses. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder.

"The sequence of events that led to the failure of this technology is nothing new - it happens in every rollout", said Meredith Broussard, a professor at NYU and computer scientist. "I'm not sure whether it should or not", he added.

The app was reportedly built in the last two months on a budget of about $60,000, according to Iowa FEC data.

"I don't know what the issue is with this app and who developed it and what their responsibility is, but it clearly it didn't work very well, and it wasn't launched very well", he said. The outlet described Acronym as a "Democratic digital nonprofit group".

On Monday, voters flocked to more than 1,600 schools, libraries and churches in Iowa to have their say in who should be on the ballot in the November presidential election.

Not only do they require sustained participation that can make it hard for a variety of demographics to get involved, not necessarily representing public opinion even in their own locales, but Iowa is notably not exactly representative of the makeup of the broader electorate, especially when it comes to the Democratic party, where other states might be a much better fit.

She denied an app created to allow reporting of results had gone down. It was supposed to help officials collect information more quickly.

In that particular caucus location, Sen.

The Democratic Party establishment spent the past few days hand-wringing over what they might view as a doomsday scenario where Bernie Sanders posted a solid win in the Iowa caucuses. "I was like, 'Man, I wonder how other people are handling this on their smart phones.' Because it was not easy to use". But the early Iowa results offer a preview for what could become a head-to-head contest between the party's moderate and liberal flanks. With 38 percent of the data still to be reported, anything could still happen, and it's unclear when the country will be able to move on.

It's not a good look for the Democratic Party - or for American democracy.

"Folks who are just trying to delay the return of this due to their relative positioning in the results last night, I think that's a bit disingenuous", Weaver said. It is clear that the app in question did not function adequately. Reporters were expected to use their personal devices and began experiencing errors in the app, which introduced additional risk into the process, Broussard said. "We have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted. The technology vendor must provide absolute transparent accounting of what went wrong".

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