That’s it from me after a very anti-climatic night in Des Moines. The Democratic presidential candidates and the media circus accompanying them are leaving Iowa with no sense of who won the first voting state in the nominating contest.
Here’s where things stand:
- The Iowa Democratic party has not yet released any data from tonight’s caucuses, blaming the delay on “inconsistencies” and promising to release results later Tuesday.
- The debacle intensified complaints that Iowa should not vote first, considering tonight’s issues and the state’s mostly white demographics.
- Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg delivered addresses to supporters that sounded oddly like victory speeches, as Joe Biden’s camp appeared to downplay expectations.
- All of the top candidates pledged to continue their fight in the next voting state of New Hampshire, but it’s unclear whether they will change their tune once results are finally known.
You can read Lauren Gambino’s wrap of the night here.
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One reporter described Iowa Democratic party chairman Troy Price’s voice on the press call as “deflated”, which is understandable considering the organization saw its worst nightmare unfold before its eyes tonight.
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IDP says results will be released ‘later today’
In a one-minute press call that consisted entirely of Iowa Democratic party chairman Troy Price reading a prepared statement, the IDP said caucus results would be released “later today” (as in Tuesday because it is now 1am CT).
Price reiterated that the delay was not the result of a “hack or intrusion” and that the IDP was verifying results with a “paper trail” and “back-up system”.
Then, without taking any questions from reporters, Price abruptly ended the call.
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The chief strategist for Elizabeth Warren criticized the campaigns releasing internal numbers, as Pete Buttigeg and Joe Biden have, accusing the candidates of contributing to the “chaos and misinformation” surrounding the results.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s campiagn manager has released this statement, which does not seem to voice as much confidence as Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg espoused when they addressed their supporters tonight.
Greg Schultz said in the statement that the Biden campaign believed the former vice president would “emerge with the delegates we need” to capture the nomination and that the results would show a “tight race with bunched up candidates.”
The Iowa Democratic Party is reportedly holding a second late-night call with the presidential campaigns about the delay in reporting caucus results.
Multiple political reporters pointed out the discrepancies between Pete Buttigieg’s partial internal numbers and those from Bernie Sanders, underscoring the vital need for actual results from the Iowa Democratic Party.
David Yepsen, the host of “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television, offered a short obituary to the the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses after tonight’s results debacle.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has released internal numbers that (unsurprisingly) show the Vermont senator winning the final alignment and the state delegate equivalent.
The blog cannot emphasize this point enough: there is no way of knowing whether these numbers are accurate because we have no results to compare them to.
Did Sanders win the Iowa caucuses? He might have, but Pete Buttigieg might have as well. It’s anyone’s guess how exactly the top three shook out tonight.