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In an event unprecedented in American history, the 2020 Iowa Caucus results were not released until almost a day later than the night of the caucuses. Many candidates moved on to New Hampshire to prepare for the primaries there before the caucus results were released. While not all of the caucus results have been released, this update is publishing the results as of this afternoon. Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are winning the night. So far, each of them will get 11 delegates to go to the democratic convention that will decide the nominee to run against ‘Donald Trump for president. Buttigieg and Sanders received 26.7% and 24.4% of the vote, respectively. Elizabeth Warren got 5 delegates with 17.4% of the vote. Joe Biden had 15.9% of the vote and Amy Klobuchar got 12.1% of the vote. Neither of them won any delegates.
The mishap with the caucus results seriously affects how it impacts the election – the night’s winners lost the boost before New Hampshire that comes from having won, and the losers will likely perform better in New Hampshire than they would have the results been released earlier.
The Trump campaign has raised questions about whether or not the delay was actually due to a technical error as opposed to the party attempting to alter the outcome of the caucuses. The Iowa Democratic Party maintained their statement that an error in the app they were using to count the votes caused the late results.
Once the Iowa Caucuses and results announcements are over, the country will look to New Hampshire in the coming days. There has never been a candidate who won both Iowa and New Hampshire that went on to lose the nomination, so the stakes are especially high for Sanders and Buttigieg.
Don’t forget to check back after the New Hampshire primaries for another update.