Results of Democratic caucuses in Iowa were delayed due to “quality checks,” Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Communications Director Mandy McClure said on Monday night.
“We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks,” McClure said in a statement. “What we know right now is that around 25 percent of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016.”
McClure also noted that the IDP, for the first time, is reporting out three data sets: first preferences, final preferences, and “State Delegate Equivalents (SDEs).”
The SDEs will be used to determine how the state’s national delegates are awarded to candidates.
Iowa, a state in the Midwestern United States, held Democratic and Republican caucuses Monday night, kicking off the 2020 U.S. presidential primary.
The caucuses brought tens of thousands of Iowa’s registered voters to churches, public libraries, and school gyms for discussions of their presidential preferences.
Sitting President Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses, in which participants cast a vote to indicate their support, in a largely symbolic vote as he was facing no significant challenge.
“Big WIN for us in Iowa tonight. Thank you!” Trump tweeted.
The Democratic caucuses, however, require party members to show up to their precinct and physically move into designated parts of a room to express their preference for a certain candidate, a more complicated process that would certainly take more time. Enditem