After massive delays related to a faulty app by Shadow, Inc., the initial results show Pete Buttigieg with a narrow lead in the Democratic presidential field in the Iowa Caucuses.
The results from the Iowa Democratic Caucuses from the delegate count indicate that Buttigieg is in the lead with 26.9 percent, followed closely by Bernie Sanders with 25.2 percent. Elizabeth Warren finished third with 18.4 percent, followed by Biden with 15.4 percent and Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota trailing the candidates.
Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont is a close second with the party votes with 71 percent of precincts reporting. But, while Sanders may be short of votes from his party, he leads in the popular vote with 24 percent of the vote versus Buttigieg’s 21 percent, Elizabeth Warren’s 19 percent, and Joe Biden’s 15 percent.
On Tuesday, it was still not announced when Democrats would release the total number of votes received.
These numbers do not reflect the initial popular vote totals in Iowa. The way the caucuses system works is that the supporters of “non-viable” candidates who do not perform well in the first round of caucusing are allowed to change their vote in future rounds to support another candidate. Those vote totals will then determine how many delegates each candidate receives from Iowa at the Democratic National Convention.
On Monday night, even before any official results were released, Buttigieg claimed he was “victorious” at the caucuses. Sources from Buttigieg’s campaign told Fox News that the preliminary and incomplete results confirmed that Buttigieg performed well in key rural counties.
Senior Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver said that their campaign was “gratified that in the partial data released so far, it’s clear that in the first and second round, more people voted for Bernie than any other candidate in the field.”
Meanwhile, Klobuchar’s campaign manager Justin Buoen posted on social media that the results “make clear” the presidential contest “is a five-person race.” He added that some of Klobuchar’s “strongest counties haven’t been fully reported and the current data doesn’t tell the full story.”
Due to the limited data released by the Iowa Democratic Party and the closeness of the political race, Fox News’ Decision Desk has not yet been able to make a final announcement of the winner in the Iowa caucuses.
However, Buttigieg’s campaign announced Tuesday afternoon at an event in Laconia, New Hampshire, that he was victorious, noting the new vote count.
“A little later than we anticipated, but better late than never, official verified caucus results are coming in from the state of Iowa,” Buttigieg said. “They’re not complete, but results are in from a majority of precincts, and they show our campaign in first place.”
Buttigieg added: “No matter what happens next, this much is undeniable: that fact represents an astonishing victory for this campaign, this candidacy and this vision that you all have been a part of.”
Although the results are not yet complete, it doesn’t look good for Biden, who was once considered the front-runner in the race.
“I don’t see how Biden recovers,” an ex-2020 presidential campaigner staff member told Fox News. “His whole argument is electability. If he can’t do well in a state like Iowa, how can he do well on Super Tuesday?”
If the current numbers hold steady, Buttigieg and Sanders look like the two that will be headed to the next presidential primary showdown in New Hampshire.