Caucus Chaos Dem. results delayed and unknown as reporting issues befuddles party leaders

Keokuk County residents helped to kick-start the national Democratic Party nomination on Feb. 3, yet the results were simply not known at press-time. Inconsistencies in data, as well as reports of the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus results report app crashing, led to an unknown result on the evening of Feb. 3, as the eyes of the nation fell upon the state to see what Iowans were thinking.

Initial reports from major media networks indicated that Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, and Warren were all leading based upon an entrance poll conducted of caucus goers walking into their local precinct caucuses. By 9 p.m., as most precincts were beginning to wrap up their caucuses, reports of turnout being lower than expected were beginning to trickle out, as candidates and supporters eagerly awaited results. However, the waiting was only set to continue. 9 p.m. turned to 10 p.m. and yet, no results were being reported.

Before long, reports of major issues with the reporting of the caucus results began to take the mainstream media by storm, with some already questioning on if Iowa would be able to maintain its’ first in the nation status.

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