Buttigieg holds narrow lead over Sanders in Iowa: partial results

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead over Senator Bernie Sanders as the long-delayed results of a chaotic Iowa caucus continued to trickle in late on Tuesday.

With 71 percent of the precincts reporting, Buttigieg was leading the state delegate chase with 26.8 percent, while Sanders had 25.2 percent, Senator Elizabeth Warren had 18.4 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden had 15.4 percent.

The partial results come after confusion and frustration over delays in announcing the Monday’s caucus tallies due to a “coding issue” in an app that precincts used to report the data.

It was unclear when the final vote will be announced.

While campaigns were eager to spin the results to their advantage, there was little immediate indication that the incomplete results eased the confusion and concern that loomed over the opening contest of the Democrats 2020 presidential primary season.

During a private conference call with campaigns earlier in the day, state party chairman Troy Price declined to answer pointed questions about the specific timeline – even whether it would be a matter of days or weeks.

“We have been working data and night to make sure these results are accurate,” Price said at a subsequent news conference.

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