Sanders, Buttigieg Request Partial Recanvass Of Iowa Caucus Results
The presidential campaigns for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg have each requested a partial recanvassing of the Iowa caucuses which occurred exactly a week ago.
The latest results released by the Iowa Democratic Party on Sunday night show Buttigieg maintaining a razor-thin lead over Sanders, leading the Vermont senator by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted with all precincts reporting.
Many outlets including the Associated Press, however, have refused to declare a winner of the contest noting that the slightest mathematical mistake could dramatically alter the results of the error-ridden caucuses.
On Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez called for a recanvassing of the caucus results as inconsistencies in the reporting surfaced raising questions over their legitimacy. A recanvass is not a recount but is a review of the vote-counting to ensure accuracy.
The caucuses were thrown into chaos last week when the smart phone app used by the Iowa Democratic Party to administer the election crashed while results were being reported.
In the days following the caucuses, the Iowa Democratic Party slowly released results as officials relied on the paper trail recording the vote tallies.
The preliminary results at this point show Buttigieg taking a first-place finish in the delegate count, followed closely by Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in third, former Vice President Joe Biden in fourth, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar in fifth, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang in sixth, and businessman Tom Steyer placing seventh. No other candidates still in the race received any delegates.
While Buttigieg claims a first-place victory in the delegate count, Sanders won the popular vote decisively by more than 6,000.
The next contest in the Democratic primary will be held in New Hampshire on Tuesday.