Stalemate in Iowa as results put Sanders and Buttigieg neck and neck

EN4 News’ Owen Garner gives a rundown on the situation in Iowa, following the Democratic caucus.

Questions still remain over the accuracy surrounding the results of the Iowa caucus, with Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders tied with the same number of delegates.

Throughout the week, the results of the Iowa caucuses have been too close to call, amid a chaotic backdrop of conflicted reports and technical issues.

The results of Monday’s contest, which were supposed to be released the same night, were instead released in batches throughout the week, due to what Iowa officials believe was a technical issue within the mobile app used to tally the votes.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Iowa Democratic Party Chairman, Troy Price, apologised for the delay in the reporting of results and assured that measures were in place to make sure they were accurate.

Price said: “We decided, out of an abundance of caution, to protect the integrity of the Iowa caucuses and their results by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data.”

With the final batch of results being released late last night, Buttigieg and Sanders lead the pack of candidates with 11 delegates each and a vote share of 26.2% and 26.1% respectively.

Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, walked away with 5 delegates and 18% vote share while favourite to win, former Vice President Joe Biden, finished off with no delegates and only a 15.8% share of the vote.

However, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, yesterday called on the Iowa Democratic Party to carry out a complete recount of the votes “in order to assure public confidence in the results.”

Perez does not have the power to force a recanvas, however the candidates have until later today to request one.

The accuracy of the results were thrown into further doubt, as it has been discovered that the vote tally from a number of Iowa precincts are filled with errors and inconsistencies.

According to a review carried out by NBC News, at least 4.5% of precincts are reporting a larger number of total votes for the final round of voting than there were in the initial round, which due to how the caucus system works, should be impossible.

Caucuses, which are held in just three states for the Democratic primaries, are a series of gatherings across the state in which people essentially vote with their feet.

Candidates will each have their own area of the room and this time around they were required to have at least 15 people present within their section to move on to the next round.

Any candidates that fail to reach the threshold become non-viable and their supporters will be up for grabs for the final count.

The Iowa caucuses are the first stage in a long process to decide the next Democratic presidential nominee, who will face off against incumbent Donald Trump in November.

Sanders and Buttigieg will head into the New Hampshire primaries next week, looking to capitalise on the momentum their campaigns have received this week, while Biden and Warren will hope to start gaining ground among a crowded field of candidates.

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