(PM) — U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders was leading in the Iowa caucuses as a second wave of results were released on early on Wednesday morning, with Pete Buttigieg holding a close second place as 71 per cent of the results were reported.
The first wave of results were only published on Tuesday evening after the chairman of the state Democrats, Troy Price, apologized 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.
Senator Bernie Sanders holds 26.2 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.
Both Sanders and Buttigieg are projected to receive 10 delegates apiece from Iowa.
It is unclear when the remaining results will be released.