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Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders Take the Lead in Iowa Caucus

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders held a lead in the Iowa caucus results, with about 62% of precincts reported late on Tuesday afternoon.

Buttigieg led with 26.9% of the delegates, just ahead of Sanders with 25.1% of delegates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren trailed in third, with 18.3%, followed by former vice president Joe Biden in fourth, with 15.6%. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in fifth, with 12.6%.

Sanders’ campaign said of the Iowa votes: “We are 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.”

More results were expected to be posted later on, as the Iowa Democratic Party continued to sort out a major technical malfunction that caused a delay in the totals.

Troy Price, the chair of the state party, said the delay was due to a “coding error” on the app used to report caucus results, which was discovered after irregularities began to appear during the tabulation on Monday night.

“The bottom line is that we hit a stumbling block on the back end of the reporting of the data,” Price said.

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He sought to assure the public that the results were accurate, saying the underlying raw vote was secure.

Speaking to reporters on an airplane bound for New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, Sanders said he was disappointed by the foul-up.

“Can’t understand why that happens but it has happened,” Sanders said.

The Sanders campaign released its own internal results late Monday night, which showed Sanders in the lead. Sanders also criticized Buttigieg, who claimed victory on Monday night before any results were released.

“I don’t know how anybody declares victory without an official statement of election results, so we’re not declaring victory,” Sanders said.

Buttigieg did a series of TV interviews Tuesday morning in which he defended the decision, saying the campaign had far outpaced expectations, picking up support from all corners of the state.

“We are thrilled and absolutely consider that a victory,” he said on “CBS This Morning.” “Looking at all of the data that we’ve got, it was an extraordinary night.”

Warren told supporters on Tuesday in Keene, N.H., that the primary got off to a “bumpy start,” but that she was feeling good about the results.

“It’s a tight three-way race at the top,” she said. “We know the three of us will be dividing up most of the delegates coming out of Iowa.”

Biden, meanwhile, sounded a bit downcast during a rally in Nashua, N.H..

“As my mother would say, ‘Hope springs eternal,'” he said. “We’re not giving up, right? Not giving up.”

The Biden campaign sent a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party asking for a chance to respond before any caucus results were released. At the rally, Biden said the state party should take its time to get the results right. “Now it’s time for New Hampshire to speak, and speak loudly,” he said.

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