Pete Buttigieg Is Currently Leading the Iowa Caucuses, But Not by Much

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Pete Buttigieg is leading the Iowa caucuses with Bernie Sanders close behind, based on 62 percent of precincts reporting. Buttigieg has 27 percent of the total delegate count while Sanders has 25 percent. However, Sanders currently boasts the majority of total votes counted thus far.

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The results have been on hold for nearly 24 hours due to a series of technical issues stemming from an app that was used by precinct officials to record the caucus data. The app, Shadow, was intended to add more transparency to the notoriously chaotic caucusing process. But as soon as reports of errors rolled in, Shadow’s glitches, security blind spots, and general lack of user-friendliness turned the night into an unmitigated disaster, leaving the Democratic candidates departing Iowa unsure as to how they fared in the first big vote of the 2020 election season.

The Iowa Democratic Party chair, Troy Price, apologized for the delay, citing a “coding error.” He did not indicate when the final results would be released to the public.

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Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, already gave a pseudo-victory speech Monday night, prompting the Sanders campaign to release their own impressive internal numbers that—conveniently—showed Sanders narrowly besting Buttigieg.

Regardless of whether Buttigieg or Sanders wins Iowa, the 2020 Iowa caucus will be old news as soon as President Trump delivers the State of the Union Tuesday night. But the anti-climactic, half-assed affair did have one definitive result: Joe Biden tanked, in spectacular fashion, coming in at a distant fourth with 16 percent of the vote.

We will continue to update this post as more results come in.

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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I have enjoyed how every campaign spent the day claiming victory with Bernie being claimed to have “obviously won”, many poked fun at PB saying he did really well, and then it turned out he might be the underdog candidate of the primary season and now in the eyes of the most rabid “candidate x or die” brigades he’s gone from harmless, drip-nose centrist to hardened KGB sleeper asset with links to Big Tech all because some alt-right wankers like Turning Point are now being taken as gospel truth by some lefties claiming it was rigged.

I mean Christ alive what’s more likely folks. This guy secretly controlled some app because he (along with several other candidates, which is a conflict of interest in running a caucus) donated money to a generic “voter insights” firm or once again electronic voting turned out to be a really shit idea. There’s a reason why pen and paper secret balloting is still used people, because it’s the most secure form of vote where it can only realistically be rigged if the entire election agency is filled with plants.

Also caucus’ go entirely against the principle of a secret ballot and functional democracy.