100% Of Iowa Caucus Results Released, Associated Press Says They Won't Declare A Winner

Jan 31, 2020

Thursday evening just before 5:30 p.m. the Associated Press announced they are unable to declare a winner of the Iowa Democratic caucuses. A few hours later, after a three-day delay, the Iowa Democratic Party released final results showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a near tie. 

This post was updated at 9:11 p.m. CT on Thursday, Feb. 6. 

Final Results

Update at 1 p.m. on Feb. 6: Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez tweeted on Thursday that he is calling on Iowa’s Democratic Party to “immediately begin a recanvass” amid days of delays and uncertainty surrounding results from the Iowa caucuses.

A recanvass is a review of the worksheets from each caucus site to ensure accuracy.

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price issued this statement in response saying that the state party is prepared to recanvass if any presidential campaign requests such a review, but that the party owes it to Iowa to remain focused on reviewing the first count of the results.

“Since the beginning of the process, we have taken unprecedented steps to gather redundant reports to ensure accuracy of all underlying data. The IDP is nearing completion in collecting redundant materials from all 1,756 precincts, including hand-collecting materials from all 99 counties which are securely stored in Des Moines," Price said.

Update at 11 p.m. on Feb. 5: The Iowa Democratic Party issued an additional 1% of the total Democratic caucuses results, bringing the total reported results to 96%. At this point, 1,711 of 1,765 precincts are reporting. A total of 168,685 final alignment votes have been counted and reported. At this time, Former South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg's lead is 0.1% over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

Update at 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 5: The Iowa Democratic Party issued an additional 4% of the total Democratic caucuses results, bringing the total reported results to 96%. At this point, 1,686 of 1,765 precincts are reporting. A total of 167,008 final alignment votes have been counted and reported. 

Update at 8 p.m. on Feb. 5: The Iowa Democratic Party issued an additional 6% of the total Democratic caucuses results, bringing the total reported results to 92%. At this point, 1,621 of 1,765 precincts are reporting. A total of 160,864 final alignment votes have been counted and reported. 

Update at 4:22 p.m. on Feb. 5: The party released "corrected results and additional results," bringing the total percentage reported to 86%.

Update at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 5: Tthe Iowa Democratic Party issued 75% of the total results for the Iowa caucuses. Just before 3:30 p.m., they released more, bringing the total reported to 85%, or 1503 of 1765 precincts. Just minutes later, they sent a tweet saying they would issue a "minor correction."

Update at 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 5: Overnight, the party released more results, bringing the total reported to 71%. 

Update at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4: Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price hosted a press conference apologizing for technical problems that caused long delays in reporting the first results from the Iowa caucuses. Shortly after the press conference, the party released 62% of the final results for the Iowa caucuses.

“The bottom line is that we hit a stumbling block on the back end of the reporting of the data,” Price told reporters at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. “But the one thing that I want you to know, we know this data is accurate.”

Price said after all of the results have been reported the party will commission an independent review of what happened on caucus night, but he would not give a firm timeline of when the complete caucus numbers would be released.

“We want Iowans to be confident in the results and in the process,” Price said. “And we are going to take the time that we need to make sure that we do just that.”

Update at 1 p.m. on Feb. 4: Shadow, Inc., the company that developed the app for the Iowa Democratic Party, has released a statement: 

Update at 12 p.m. on Feb. 4: The IDP has released the following statement: "Today we informed campaigns that we will be releasing the majority of caucus results at 4p.m. CST. Moving forward- just like we would have on caucus night - we will continue to release results as we are able to. We are also executing our plans and procedures to gather the paper documents and chasing any additional precincts to report results as we normally would on caucus night." - Mandy McClure, IDP Communications Director

The Associated Press is reporting that the Iowa Democratic Party plans to release at least 50 percent of results from Monday's caucuses on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. It was not clear when the final results would be avialable. 

Complications with reporting last night's Iowa Democratic caucus results were due to a coding issue with its smart phone app. That's according to a statement from the Iowa Democratic Party:

"We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results in addition to tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers they report," Iowa Democratic Party's Communications Director Mandy McClure said in a statement Monday night. 

Update at 1 a.m. on Feb. 3: Several candidates — including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang — addressed their supporters late Monday evening, acknowledging the lack of results and pushing onward to the New Hampshire primary.

The Iowa Democratic Party also held a call with the Democratic presidential campaigns. Several campaign sources told NPR that the call was heated and the party did not say when the caucus results would be released.

At 1 a.m., the party held a call with reporters, and Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said that the IDP is "manually verifying all precinct results" and that they expect to have results later today.