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Iowa Democratic Caucus Results to Start Being Released by 5 PM

The Iowa Democratic Party told presidential campaigns on Tuesday that it would start releasing results from Mondays caucuses by 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

“We are going to release the majority of results that we have by 4 [CT] p.m. today,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price told campaigns in a conference call.

Results were initially scheduled to start being released on Monday night but were delayed because of “coding issues” plaguing an application that was developed for the caucuses, Price said in a statement on Tuesday.

The app delivered only partial results but the underlying data was sound and the app “was recording data accurately,” Price said in the statement.

Paper documentation of the caucuses was used to verify the data from the application and precinct heads were manually reporting results to the party, causing the delay.

Price spoke with campaigns on Tuesday afternoon over the phone.

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People participate in a 2020 Democratic caucus at a fire station in Kellogg, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. (Brenna Norman/Reuters)

“We have always said that we have a paper trail in this process,” Price told campaigns on a briefing call. “Weve always had to chase down results.”

Price declined to answer pointed questions from frustrated campaign representatives about when the party would release the full results or how it could ensure their integrity—even whether it would be a matter of days or weeks.

The problems started on Monday night as candidates waited for results to be reported. Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman Mandy McClure said in an initial statement that results were delayed “due to quality checks” and in a later statement said there were “inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.”

Price said Tuesday that as precinct caucus results started coming in, an accuracy and quality check showed inconsistencies with the reports. “The underlying cause of these inconsistencies was not immediately clear, and required investigation, which took time,” he said.

Entering the data manually took longer than expected and some results were still being reported on Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidates still gave speeches to supporters, choosing different ways to handle the delay. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg claimed victory while Sen. Bernie Sanderss (I-Vt.) campaign released internal reporting numbers it said showed Sanders winning the caucuses.

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Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on Feb. 3, 2020. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)

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