Iowa Caucus Results Are Still Flawed

Iowa Caucus Results Are Still Flawed. FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, file photo, from left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar stand on stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. The next Democratic debate is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7, in New Hampshire. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

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UPDATED 6:24 AM PT — Friday, February 7, 2020

According to reports, there were still problems with the final results in the Iowa caucus, following a disastrous delay in the state’s vote count. The final results were released Thursday night, showing former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) neck-and-neck with 26.2 and 26.1 percent of the votes.

As the results trickled in amid a so-called “quality control” check, the New York Times published an analysis, which found there were multiple inconsistencies in the vote count. Namely, in some precincts the candidate who received the most final alignment votes did not receive the correct amount of state delegate equivalents.

In other cases, candidates lost votes between what was called the first alignment votes, which is who voters supported heading into the caucus. Additionally, candidates lost votes between the final alignment votes, which should have been impossible according to the states rules.

While the errors were not profound enough to warrant speculation of favoritism for a single candidate, the legitimacy of the results may come into question because Sanders and Buttigieg were within 0.1 percentage point from each other. Despite the uncertainty, Sanders decided to declare victory in Iowa.

“In a election with voter turnout of approximately 180,000 people and with eight strong candidates competing, a victory margin of some 6,000 votes is pretty decisive,” he stated.

Although Sanders technically trailed behind Buttigieg in delegate equivalents, he still got thousands more individual votes than his rival. That’s because Iowa weighs some districts more than others in order to provide rural areas with a larger voice than they would have otherwise.

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes a question from the audience at a campaign stop at the Merrimack American Legion, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Merrimack, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

This comes after Buttigieg prematurely declared victory Monday night, even though no official votes had even been counted yet.

“What a night, because tonight an improbable hope became an undeniable reality,” claimed the former Indiana mayor. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”

Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden posted a lackluster performance, finishing fourth in the state behind Elizabeth Warren. While heading into Iowa, Biden was touted by many Democrats as the most electable candidate, but after Iowa that standing is likely to be called into question.

Candidates are now preparing for the upcoming primary vote in New Hampshire, where Sanders and Warren are expected to dominate.

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