Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Troy Price blamed a “coding error last night” for the delay in the results of the Iowa caucus, adding that the first batch of results released Tuesday night are made up of 62 percent of precincts from all 99 counties in the state.
As of 5 p.m. ET, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the leader in the Democratic caucus, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was second. Buttigieg is leading with 26.9 percent, Sanders is second with 25.1 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is third with 18.3 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden is fourth with 15.6 percent, according to the partial and incomplete results
“I apologize deeply for this,” Price told a news conference. “Last night, we were faced with multiple reporting challenges.”
The delay prompted fears of election interference or hacking, but Price sought to downplay those claims, telling reporters that the voting data is secure and always was secure.
“We have been working day and night to make sure that the results are accurate,” he remarked.
The fracas prompted the Nevada Democratic Party to say that for its Feb. 22 presidential caucuses, it will not be using the same app or vendor employed in Iowa.
Sanders criticized the delay in results.
“I think this is not a good night for democracy. If Im a first-time voter, and I came out [and] voted, and the results are not coming in 16 hours, thats a little bit disconcerting,” Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.
While the delay is regrettable, Sanders said there is no reason to doubt the caucus process.
“I think we should all be disappointed in the inability in the party in not giving timely results, but we are not casting aspersions in the votes that are being counted,” Sanders said.