“This was a coding error in one of the pieces on the backend, but the raw data, the data that has come in, is secure.”
The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) released results from 62% of its precincts reporting.
Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has a slight leader over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 26.9% to 25.1%.
IDP Chair Troy Price said everyone can trust the results:
“We have been working day and night to make sure that the results are accurate,” he said at a news conference.
He added that the data was “always secure.”
“The one thing they will say is that the underlying data that — the raw data — is secure. It was always secure. This was a coding error in one of the pieces on the backend, but the raw data, the data that has come in, is secure,” he said.
Buttigieg, who is in New Hampshire, celebrated the news:
“Official verified caucus results are coming in from the state of Iowa. They’re not complete, but results are in from a majority of precincts, and they show our campaign in first place,” he told supporters.
Buttigieg, who got emotional at one point, went on to say:
“So, we don’t know all of the numbers, but we know this much. A campaign that started a year ago with four staff members, no name recognition, no money, just a big idea, a campaign that some said should have no business, even making this attempt has taken its place at the front of this race to replace the current president with a better vision for the future. And no matter what happens next. This much is undeniable that fact represents an astonishing victory for this campaign. This candidacy and this vision that you all have been a part of.”
He continued: “This is what we have been working, more than a year to convince our fellow Americans that a new and better vision can bring about a new and better day.”
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