Iowa Caucus Results Left in the Air

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After a day of anxiety for some and anger for others, the Iowa Caucus concluded with no clear winner after major technical issues occurred late into the night. Due to an error regarding a new voter tracking app used to track results, the Iowa Caucus results are unknown, and the Iowa Democratic Committee declared they would be going through, “quality assurance,” amid a slew of controversy.

The cause for blame in the vote-counting controversy is a new app developed by the tech company ominously named “Shadow” that joined with the Democratic digital nonprofit ACRONYM (no relation to ourselves here!), last year. In an article outlined by the Huffington Post, the group took money from the Iowa and Nevada Democratic Party and developed software to track voting data more accurately. Yet, even before the Iowa Caucus began, the Iowa Democratic Party refused to release any data about the app before the election.

As the night moved on and the precincts closed, the issue with the app arose, and the Iowa Democratic Party announced it was delaying the announcement of a winner until the data was clear. On a late-night conference call with major news networks, the Iowa Democratic Party stated they would be releasing results on Tuesday.

Addressing the concerns, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price shared in a statement, “While the app was recording data accurately, it was reporting out only partial data. We have determined that this was due to a coding issue in the reporting system. This issue was identified and fixed.”

The lack of voting data did not stop some from declaring victory in the race. Shortly after midnight, with zero precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend Indiana, Tweeted he was victorious.

The former mayor was not the only candidate to jump the gun before knowing the official results, as both Amy Klobuchar, and Joe Biden held speeches indicating they may have won. Yet, despite any indications, there still is no clear winner.

There was some indication into who may have won after it word got out that the Iowa Democratic Party was in the midst of a meeting with Sen. Bernie Sanders and Campain Advisor Jeff Weaver. After meeting, and to challenge the claims put out by Buttigieg, the Sanders campaign released a statement based off of internal voting data recorded at each precinct that showed Sanders in the lead, followed by Buttigieg and Warren.

With about 40 percent recorded, Bernie Sanders was leading the Iowa Caucus with 29.7 percent of the vote, followed closely by former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 24.6 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 21.2 percent. In an almost comical display, Sanders’s release showed former Vice President Joe Biden in fourth with around 12.4 percent. An indicator, that if true, would be a significant blow to the Biden, who was long perceived by the frontrunner by the Democratic establishment.

What comes next out of Iowa is unknown, as of Tuesday afternoon, there has been no word on the results and no winner to declare. As of now, the Democratic National Committee is facing scrutiny for its lack of preparedness with the rollout of the new unknown voting app. Until results are known, America will have to rely on the limited Internal Data acquired from the Sanders Campaign.

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