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96 percent of precincts reporting caucus results; Buttigieg and Sanders neck and neck

The Iowa caucuses are officially underway. Results for the GOP caucuses are at 100 percent, but Democrats have barely made a dent in their reported results due to "inconsistencies in reporting."
The Iowa caucuses are officially underway. Results for the GOP caucuses are at 100 percent, but Democrats have barely made a dent in their reported results due to "inconsistencies in reporting."(KWQC)
Published: Feb. 3, 2020 at 6:58 PM CST
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The Iowa Democratic Party continued to slowly release results from Monday evening’s caucuses on Wednesday night, with 96 percent of precincts now reporting.

Results for the GOP caucuses came in without a hitch,

but Democrats had barely made a dent in their reported results due to "inconsistencies in reporting" Monday evening.

The results:

As of Wednesday night, 96 percent of precincts were reporting caucus results, with Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders tied at 26 percent. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden round out the top four.

The timeline of the release of the remaining results is still unclear.

Tuesday evening, Iowa Democratic Party's chair, Troy Price, addressed reporters about the caucus results.

TV6's election results are fed in directly by the Associated Press. To see them, click

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Earlier on Tuesday, Price

that they were "going to release the majority of results that we have by 4 p.m. today."

What went wrong:

A “coding issue” with a new mobile app is being blamed for the delay in reporting the results of the caucuses.

The app, built by a company called "Shadow," was supposed to collect and report data quickly from the caucus sites. Technical problems, called a "coding issue" by the Iowa Democratic Party chairman, Troy Price, meant only partial data was being read by the app.

The glitch, which did not affect paper records of the vote, caused confusion and left the caucus results unknown.

The company released a statement saying, "We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night's Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it caused to candidates, their campaigns and Democratic caucusgoers."

On Tuesday, Price

identified and fixed.

“We have every indication that our systems were secure and there was not a cybersecurity intrusion," Price said. "In preparation for the caucuses, our systems were tested by independent cybersecurity consultants."

He also

in reporting Iowa caucus results.

Iowa Democrats Press Communications Director Mandy McClure said Monday evening they had 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," McClure said. "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."

Who's in the race:

Nearly a dozen Democratic White House contenders are still vying for the chance to take on President Trump in November, who is facing no significant opposition.

The top four candidates are Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

People from across the country and around the world converged in Des Moines for the caucuses, from veteran journalists to curious high school students. TV6 had a crew in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center, where the results of Monday night's caucuses were expected to be announced.

What's next:

The caucuses are the first nominating contest in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. They'll give top-performing candidates a boost ahead of next week's New Hampshire primary on Feb. 11.

The Nevada caucus and South Carolina primary will round out the month.

Then, every Tuesday in March, several states will have their own caucuses and primaries.

The Illinois primary is Tuesday, March 17.

The same app that was used in the Iowa caucus was supposed to be used in Nevada, but the Democratic party there has decided not to use it, releasing a statement that says in part, "We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucus. We had already developed a series of backups and redundant reporting systems."

What lawmakers are saying:

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst

following Monday night's caucus.

“Iowans and all Americans should know we have complete confidence that every last vote will be counted and every last voice will be heard," the statement read. “We look forward to Iowa carrying on its bipartisan legacy of service in the presidential nominating process.”

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate also released a statement, saying in part, "The Iowa Secretary of State's Office and county auditors have no official role in the Iowa caucuses. They are run by the political parties. Although the caucuses are the kickoff of the presidential nominating process, they are not elections."

How Democratic results are being reported:

Three sets of results will be reported. They are the "first alignment" of caucusgoers, the "final alignment" and the number of "state delegate equivalents" won by each candidate.

The results from each precinct will be sent to state party officials who will certify the numbers and then be displayed for those to see.

The Associated Press will declare the winner of the Iowa caucuses based on the number of state delegate equivalents each candidate receives.

That's because Democrats choose their overall nominee based on delegates.

Iowa Democrats released a statement in response to slower-than-expected caucus results a couple hours into the caucuses: “We are doing our quality control checks, making sure the numbers are accurate. People are still caucusing, we're working to report results soon.”

According to Meet the Press, around 9:30 p.m. during the 2016 Iowa caucuses, 80 percent of the results were in already.

Around 10 p.m., Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure said in a statement, "The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016."

To read more on the new process,

Results at local locations reported Monday night:

At several locations, including the Democratic location at Davenport West, final results are coming in:

Satellite locations:

New this year, the Democratic Party of Iowa has launched

including three international, 25 out-of-state, and 69 in Iowa. Two of the locations are in Scott County.

Results for those caucuses were reported on social media:

In Muscatine, Iowa, a satellite caucus for Spanish-speakers was held.

Voters realigning:

As the results came in and some candidates were weeded out, Iowa voters had to choose whether to realign and caucus with another candidate's group for the next round of votes.

A look at who's voting:

According early results from the NBC News entrance poll of Iowa Democrats, young caucus-goers are favoring Sen. Bernie Sanders, while seniors favor Joe Biden.

Women are the majority of Iowa caucusgoers, according to preliminary entrance polls from FiveThirtyEight:

Top issues in Iowa:

Iowa Democrats came to the state's caucuses Monday with key issues dominating their thoughts: health care, climate change and a fierce motivation to unseat President Donald Trump.

More than the economy, immigration or foreign policy, Democrats in the nation's opening round of presidential primaries were mostly focused on access to medical treatment and the health of a planet being rapidly warmed by the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.

AP VoteCast is a survey of more than 2,700 voters who said they planned to take part in Monday's Democratic caucuses in Iowa, conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.

TV6's live coverage of the caucuses on social media can be seen below:
Tweets of the night:

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