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What Went Wrong at the Iowa Caucuses

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On Monday, Feb. 3, Democrats in Iowa gathered at over 1,600 gyms, classrooms and libraries across the state to choose their nominee for president of the United States in a unique process known as the Iowa caucuses. Results were expected late Monday evening, but that didn’t quite go as planned.

As of February 5, 71 percent of precincts have reported results. Pete Buttigieg is leading, with 26.8 percent of state delegate equivalents. Bernie Sanders follows, with 25.2 percent. Elizabeth Warren is in third place, Joe Biden in fourth and Amy Klobuchar in fifth. 

Iowa has not said when the remaining results will be released, or whether those results could change the leading candidate.

The main issue in Iowa came down to a glitchy smartphone app used for reporting results. This was the first year the app had been used. For many caucus chairs, the app didn’t work for them, resulting in them spending hours on the phone, on hold, attempting to call in their results.

 Some chairs went to bed before successfully getting their results in, and instead reported them in the morning. In one precinct, the chair reported his results on Twitter before calling it a night, exhausted.

The political reporting app, Shadow, Inc., tweeted the following message on Tuesday. “We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it has caused to the candidates, their campaigns, and Democratic caucus-goers.”

Presidential candidates have historically dedicated substantial money and time in Iowa in order to win the votes of its residents. 

Though the state has just 41 delegates, Iowa is considered important because it’s the first time the country sees how candidates stack up in a real-world contest. Furthermore, the winner of the Iowa caucuses frequently becomes the Democratic nominee.

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