(PM) — U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was leading in state delegate equivalents as the Iowa Democratic Party on Tuesday evening started to report the results of its caucuses after a nearly day-long wait blamed on technical errors.
Senator Bernie Sanders holds a close second place with 62 per cent of the precincts reporting in a first wave of results published after the chairman of the state Democrats, Troy Price, apologies for what he called an “unacceptable” delay.
Chaos reigned on Monday night after technical issues prevented the announcement of a winner with officials putting the blame on a new mobile app and the release of three sets of data for transparency sake instead of just the delegate results.
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The results only started pouring 21 hours after Iowans gathered in some 1,600 locations across the state to launched a five-month process of picking the Democratic nominee to take on incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in November.
Former South Bend mayor Buttigieg holds 26.9 per cent of the state delegate equivalents, data that is used to determine winners of the 41 delegates that Iowa sends to the Democratic National Convention later in the year.
Sanders enjoys the support of 28,220 individuals and leads the popular vote, a metric that does not play into how many delegates he wins. The Vermont senator has 25.1 of the equivalents, and could take take the lead from Buttigieg when the remaining 38 per cent of the equivalents are released.
It is unclear when the remaining results will be released.