Report: Buttigieg Declares Victory In Iowa Despite Absence Of Official Results
Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg declared victory in the Iowa caucuses early Tuesday, despite reporting issues that delayed the release of the results, according to CNBC.
“So, we don’t know all the results,” Buttigieg told hundreds of supporters at a rally in Des Moines. “But, we know, by the time it is all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation. Because, by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders released data late Monday that reflected 40 percent of precincts that appeared to show Buttigieg in second place with about a 26 percent share of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders received 29 percent.
Monday’s caucuses concluded in a lack of official results in the nation’s first contest in the 2020 presidential race. The Iowa Democratic Party said late Monday that officials had found “inconsistencies” in the voting data, attributing the problem to a “reporting issues.”
Party Chairman Troy Price said the results would be verified manually and released later Tuesday.
Buttigied told MSNBC on Tuesday that while the official results have not been released, his campaign felt compelled to call it. “Unlike a primary where there’s a secret ballot, this is folks standing in a room for all to see with their neighbors right there, with the press right there, and with our own observers right there so it makes it possible for us to get a very clear sense of just how extraordinary a night it is,” he said.
According to Sanders’ data set, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts received about 18 percent o f state delegate equivalents while Biden received about 15 percent.
The Biden campaign’s general counsel, Dana Remus, issued a letter to Iowa Democratic Party officials on Monday calling for “full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control you are employing, and an opportunity to respond, before any official results are released.”
Biden’s edge over Sanders in national polling has declined in recent weeks as the candidates turn their attention to New Hampshire, which hosts its primary on Feb. 11.