The results of the Iowa caucuses have been delayed.
Americans received their first chance to weigh in on the Democratic presidential primary after months of debating, campaigning and stumping.
But results didn’t come early since there was something of a delay, according to the Iowa Democratic Party.
- Iowa: “We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out 3 data sets for the first time. What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”
- “The integrity of the results is paramount,” said Mandy McClure, communications director of the Iowa Democratic Party. “We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time. What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”
Reaction: Social media reacted to the delay, too.
Iowa Democratic Party says that turnout is on pace for 2016 rather than 2008 (the record year). That should tend to help moderates.— Megan McArdle (@asymmetricinfo) February 4, 2020
The Iowa results have not been a reliable guide in the past to who was eventually selected.— Cheryl Rofer (@CherylRofer) February 4, 2020
Take some deep breaths.
CNN’s Ryan Nobles reports the Sanders campaign has been called to a meeting with the Iowa Democratic Party regarding the delay.— Katie Hinman (@khinman) February 4, 2020
this is fun. who else is having fun? super fun time for all.— Tara Golshan (@taragolshan) February 4, 2020
2020: year of fun.
Wolf Blitzer has had enough...he's THIS close to loosening his tie and unbuttoning his top shirt button.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 4, 2020
Warren campaign first to raise concerns about irregularities. Predictable that campaigns would.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 4, 2020
Bigger winner tonight: People who want to get rid of Iowa caucuses— Jennifer 'I stand with Ukraine' Rubin 🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@JRubinBlogger) February 4, 2020
by the time this caucus ends I will have established residency and be able to caucus myself— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) February 4, 2020
What’s next: President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, which might include a response to what happened in Iowa. It will have a Democratic response from Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer, according to the New York Post.
- On Friday, Democratic candidates will have another debate in New Hampshire just days ahead of the state’s primary.