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Iowa was the first stop for early predictions of who the Democratic presidential nominee could be, but the results are being withheld due to technical difficulties with a new app introduced to report vote tallies. The state Democratic party denies the technical issues, saying the delays are caused by “inconsistencies” in precinct reporting. Iowa’s party chair announced this morning that they plan to report the caucus results by 5pm, but the integrity of the votes is still at question.
For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party planned to report three sets of results: a tally of caucusgoers’ initial candidate preference; vote totals from the “final alignment” after supporters of lower-ranking candidates were able to make a second choice, and the total number of State Delegate Equivalents each candidate received.
The Associated Press will declare a winner based on the number of state delegates each candidate wins, which has been the traditional standard.
Pre-caucus polls suggested Sanders was leading the pack, but between Sanders, Biden, Warren and Buttigieg, any of the 4 could take the cake. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are all still in the running.