The outcome of the Democratic Party’s Iowa Caucus, the first-in-the-nation state contest for determining who will become the eventual challenger to President Donald Trump in the 2020 general election, cannot be verified, even as 100 percent of the results have been tabulated at this time, the Associated Press announced on Thursday.
The news organization reported that South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, by their estimates, had technically defeated Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 0.09 percent. But due to the extreme closeness between the top two candidates, as well as anomalies in how votes were collected, the AP explained the race was too close to call and wouldn’t declare an official winner.
“There is evidence the party has not accurately tabulated some of its results, including those released late Thursday that the party reported as complete,” the AP said in its reporting.
The Iowa Democratic Party said that an app meant to make calculations more streamlined caused confusion and was miscalculating vote totals. Since the caucus on Monday evening, the party has been struggling to figure out the true totals.
Enough is enough. In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 6, 2020
Estimated numbers available on the New York Times website show that Buttigieg and Sanders are in a near tie with each other. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren came in third place, with approximately 18 percent of the vote. Former Vice President Joe Biden came in fourth place, with just under 16 percent of the caucus vote.
Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez has demanded that the state party recanvass the election results in order to ensure the final outcome can be verified. The Iowa Democratic Party, in response, noted that its rules require a candidate or campaign to make such a request before it can move forward with doing so, CBS News reported.
A formal request must be made by noon, Central Standard Time.
Both the Buttigieg and Sanders campaigns have declared themselves winners of the Iowa Caucus.