Iowa caucus results are on the way, officials promise, after hours of delays amid reporting chaos. Iowa held its Democratic caucuses on Monday night, and the first results of the Democratic primary were supposed to be clear.
The NYT reports: “Struggling to adopt a new byzantine process of tabulating results, Iowa Democrats offered little explanation for the problem for hours after the caucuses began. Eventually, in a 1 a.m. conference call with reporters, Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman, said results would not begin to be released until sometime on Tuesday. He said the problem was a reporting issue and stressed it was not a hack.”
The Des Moines Register reports: “The Iowa Democratic Party released a statement Monday night saying there were ‘inconsistencies’ in the three sets of data from precincts: raw votes from the first alignment, raw votes from the final alignment, and the usual state delegate equivalents. … a number of precinct leaders reportedly had issues using a new reporting app. Polk County Democratic Chairman Sean Bagniewski told the Des Moines Register that reporting issues ‘became the norm for the evening.'”
The two-phase caucus process, via CNBC: “The first phase: Caucus participants may pick any candidate. The number of supporters each candidate has is then tallied up by state party officials as well as by representatives of each of the campaigns. The second phase: The number of candidates is whittled down. Presidential candidates who received less than 15% are considered nonviable. That means their supporters have two main options: pick a viable candidate to support or persuade enough supporters of other nonviable contenders to join their side to meet the 15% threshold.”