He then added that the Iowa Democrats were “not the only party to blame”, and mentioned the partners and vendors who were also involved.
The Iowa caucus is the important first step in choosing the challenger to the incumbent president.
Primaries and caucuses are a string of nationwide state-by-state votes, which culminate in the Democratic nominee being chosen at the party convention in July.
Although Iowa awards only 41 of the 1,991 delegates required to become the Democratic White House nominee, the state’s vote is usually considered the first clear indication of each candidate’s standing within the race.
This year the Iowa Democratic Party distributed a new app, called Shadow, to precinct officials that was supposed to help them report results more quickly.
It was an issue with this app, which the party said was a coding error that led to the delay in results and ultimate chaos on February 3.
Pete Buttigieg declared victory for himself that same day, before any of the results were released.
In the end, the results were finally released three days later than expected.
By that time the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had already weighed in, calling for a review of the vote totals.
The second vote that took place – the primary in New Hampshire on February 11 – was more clear-cut. Bernie Sanders came in first, with Pete Buttigieg second and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar in third place.
Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, previously considered frontrunners, came in fourth and fifth – each with zero delegates.
Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders are taking the lead in the Iowa caucuses, the first vote to choose the Democratic candidate to run against President Donald Trump in November’s election.
The vote has been chaotic, beset by technical problems and delays in reporting results.
According to Iowa’s Democratic Party, data from 71% of precincts showed Pete Buttigieg on 26.8%, with Bernie Sanders on 25.2%.
Elizabeth Warren was third on 18.4% and Joe Biden fourth on 15.4%.
According to the other preliminary results released on February 4 from all of Iowa’s 99 counties, Amy Klobuchar was on 12.6%, and Andrew Yang on 1%. Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard were on less than 1%.
However, the state party has still not declared a winner from February 3 vote. Democrats have blamed the delay on a coding error with an app being used for the first time to report the votes.
Iowa was the first contest in a string of nationwide state-by-state votes, known as primaries and caucuses, that will culminate in the crowning of a Democratic nominee at the party convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July.
Eleven candidates remain in a Democratic field that has already been whittled down from more than two dozen.
The results represent the share of delegates needed to clinch the party nomination under America’s quirky political system. Iowa awards only 41 of the 1,991 delegates required to become the Democratic White House nominee.