On Monday night, Iowa held the first election of the 2020 season. With all-new technology developed just for the caucus, the Iowa Democratic Party was planning to release three sets of data as opposed to their usual one. Technical malfunctions that were noticed Thursday before the election were ignored.
The worst case scenario was made reality when the newly-developed app glitched and without enough people manning the phones to keep up with precincts calling in results, phone lines were also backed up. Many Iowa precincts gave up and waited until Tuesday to call in results.
The chairman of the Democratic National Committee on Thursday called for a “recanvass” of the results of the Iowa caucuses, saying it was needed to “assure public confidence” after three days of technical issues and delays.
"Enough is enough,” party leader Tom Perez wrote on Twitter.
With 97% of precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are nearly tied for the lead, and both candidates have declared themselves victorious in the contest. The Associated Press has not called the race.