Iowa Democratic Party holds press conference on caucus results

The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 8:05 AM

The Latest on the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

With 62% of precincts reporting:

* Pete Buttigieg: 27%

* Bernie Sanders: 25%

* Elizabeth Warren: 18%

* Joe Biden: 16%

* Amy Klobuchar: 13%

* Andrew Yang: 1%

The Iowa Democratic Party is releasing initial and incomplete results of Monday’s Democratic caucuses after a daylong delay sparked by technical problems.

Three sets of results will be reported. They are the “first alignment” of caucusgoers, the “final alignment” and the number of “state delegate equivalents” won by each candidate.

The Associated Press will declare the winner of the Iowa caucuses based on the number of state delegate equivalents each candidate receives.

That’s because Democrats choose their overall nominee based on delegates.

While the other results provide insights into the process, state delegate equivalents have the most direct bearing on the metric Democrats use to pick their nominee.

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4 p.m.

The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party says the delay in caucus reporting results was "unacceptable.”

Troy Price said Tuesday that the party will conduct a “thorough, transparent and independent examination” of what caused the delays. He apologized for the breakdown in the process but says the results the party will begin to release on Tuesday are accurate.

The party has faced fierce criticism from presidential candidates who competed in Monday’s caucuses. The reporting delays, which were sparked by technical issues with an app, also revived questions about whether Iowa should hold the nation’s first contest.

Price says results from 62% of precincts from all of Iowa’s 99 counties will soon be reported.

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