Iowa prides itself on being the first in the nation to vote, but things didn’t go so well for the Hawkeye State during last night’s Democratic primary.
The Iowa Democratic Party launched a new app for 2020 and promised smooth results. But when precinct leaders tried to use it to report back to the party, the app malfunctioned and many reported that it was crashing or they were unable to log in to it.
This lasted throughout the night, forcing the precincts to go back to the paper trail, which caused major delays in reporting numbers to the state party.
Several campaigns have declared victory despite the chaos with the voting processes.
“Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality,” Pete Buttigieg told supporters in Des Moines. “So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation. Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 4, 2020
Not so fast, said the Sanders campaign.
“We recognize that this does not replace the full data from the Iowa Democratic Party, but we believe firmly that our supporters worked too hard for too long to have the results of that work delayed,” Jeff Weaver, a Sanders senior adviser, said in a statement to Politico.
Klobuchar, seemed optimistic, telling her supporters “We know there’s delays, but we know one thing: We are punching above our weight.”
— ABC News (@ABC) February 4, 2020
Elizabeth Warren’s campaign strategist accused the other candidates of contributing to the “chaos and misinformation” and claimed the race is very close among the top candidates.
It’s a very close race among the top three candidates (Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg) and Biden came a distant fourth
— Joe Rospars (@rospars) February 4, 2020
Andrew Yang, who is already in New Hampshire, tweeted that “it might be helpful to have a President and government that understand technology so this sort of thing doesn’t happen.”
It might be helpful to have a President and government that understand technology so this sort of thing doesn’t happen.
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) February 4, 2020