U.S. election: key Iowa democratic primary results delayed by 'inconsistencies'

U.S. election: key Iowa democratic primary results delayed by 'inconsistencies'”

The problems with an app that was to be used to tally and report results in Iowa's caucuses do not appear to have come from a hacking attack or other malicious cyber activity, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday morning, while also confirming a report that the DHS' cybersecurity unit had offered to vet the app, but was turned down. Trump added, as Hannity said Sanders went on his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union in 1988.

"The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is Trump, he added". But the famous 'Iowa Caucus' has been hit by a controversy which has delayed the results. "And when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we're going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa", Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd.

"Tonight in this enormously consequential 2020 election, the first state in the country has voted, and today marks the beginning of the end for Donald Trump", said the 78-year-old. "The road won't be easy. Nevada, South Carolina. And well beyond" and that "we are in this for the long haul".

Among a field of experienced Washington lawmakers, Buttigieg's lead in the developing Iowa vote count reflected a surprising success for a gay former mayor of a midsized Midwest city with a hard-to-pronounce name.

In a statement read on U.S. networks, Mandy McClure, communications director at the Iowa Democratic Party, said further checks were ordered after "inconsistencies" were found in the reporting of three sets of results.

But a source in his campaign told Reuters news agency of the results delay: "It's definitely going to de-legitimise whoever wins".

"We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results", she said. Caucus organisers reported problems downloading the app, for example, along with other glitches. "The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results", the statement reads.

In 2016, the state Democratic Party was forced to review the caucuses after the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders flagged issues with the process specifically the way in which a victor is declared and coin flips.

However, McClure's statement was flatly contradicted by party officials at county level, who blamed technology issues for the delay.

Organizers were still looking for missing results several hours after voting concluded. The party has apparently tried to accommodate critics this year by promising to report three different data points about voters' preferences, presumably improving transparency.

Monday's caucuses in Iowa was the first round in the contest to pick a Democratic Party candidate to face Trump, a Republican, in the presidential election in November.

Nate Gruber, the Democratic vice-chairman of Black Hawk county, a part of the state with the largest concentration of African Americans, said he had not been able to use the app either. But instead of clear optimism, a growing cloud of uncertainty and intraparty resentment hung over the election as the prospect of an unclear result raised fears of a long and divisive primary fight in the months ahead.

The Iowa Democratic Party went into the 2020 caucuses touting a series of reforms meant to make the process more fair, accountable and transparent. And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system? Warren was in second place, with 25.07 percent, while Buttigieg was in third place, with 23.8 percent. Amy Klobuchar, who represents neighboring Minnesota, was also claiming momentum, while outsider candidates including entrepreneur Andrew Yang, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard could be factors. "We won't know anything until some time Tuesday - at least".

There is no guarantee that all three will show the same victor when they're ultimately released.

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