Washington / Manchester: Pete Buttigieg narrowly won the Iowa Democratic presidential candidate, the contracting state said on Thursday after the results of the first competition in the race for a challenger for Republican President Donald Trump were released late.
Buttigieg, the temperate 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, replaced progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders with 100% of the counties by 26.2% to 26.1% of the delegate's equivalents, traditionally used to determine the winner were counted, said the Iowa Democratic Party.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren finished third with 18%, while former Vice President Joe Biden fell to a disappointing fourth place with 15.8%. US Senator Amy Klobuchar was fifth with 12.3%.
The results, marred by technical and organizational errors, could transform the race for the Democratic President's nomination for the November 2020 election and raise doubts about the future of Biden, the former leader.
The Iowa Democrats had flowed into 1,600 schools, community centers, and other public facilities on Monday evening to choose from among the eleven Democratic candidates.
However, the Democratic candidates had already left Iowa, drawing their attention to the next New Hampshire nomination competition on February 11, before the first results were even released in two series on Tuesday.
Officials blamed inconsistencies surrounding a new mobile voting app for the unusual delay in Iowa, the state that traditionally launches a US presidential campaign that culminates on November 3 this year.
National Democratic Committee chairman Tom Perez called on Thursday for a review of the Iowa caucuses after the technical error raised uncertainty about the accuracy of the billing.
"I want to make sure that every Iowa voter knows that their vote has been counted," Perez said in an interview with MSNBC.
He said it was unlikely that a review would change the composition of the state's 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Troy Price, leader of the Iowa Democratic Party, said the local party was not planning to initiate an immediate review, and would only do so if a candidate asked to do so.
Before the final results were released, Sanders thanked Iowans for the "very strong victory they gave us" at Monday's gatherings.
Sanders was later asked at a CNN event whether he would request a retry. He said, "We've had enough of Iowa. I think we should move on to New Hampshire."
He added: "I suspect Mr. Buttigieg and I will have the same number of delegates to the National Congress at the end of the day."
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Party officials initially attributed the delays to a technical problem with the new mobile app, but since then other concerns have emerged that complicate efforts to release the final figures.
The Iowa Democratic Party received an "unusually high number of incoming calls" on Monday evening from "callers who would hang up immediately after connection, supporters of President Trump who called to express their displeasure with the Democratic Party, and Iowans are looking to." Confirm details, "said a party official.
The call volume is "very irregular" compared to previous events, the official said.
The New York Times also reported that more than 100 counties reported results that were inconsistent, lacked data, or were not possible under the caucus rules, raising doubts about the count.
The Iowa Democratic Party declined to comment on inconsistencies.
Both parties have criticized the Iowa trial.
"You cannot count a few simple votes and still want to take over your health care system," Trump said of Democrats during a speech in which his impeachment acquittal was celebrated.
However, his own party changed the declared Iowa winner two weeks after his own Iowa gatherings in 2012.
In Manchester, New Hampshire, Sanders called the caucus debacle a "bastard" that was unfair to all candidates.
After Iowa's reporting problems and delays, the Nevada Democratic Party, which hosted its caucus on February 22, "will abolish both the app and connections to Shadow," spokeswoman Molly Forgey said.
"Fortunately, we had a number of support plans," added Forgey. The Iowa Democrats had flowed into 1,600 schools, community centers, and other public facilities on Monday evening to choose from among the eleven Democratic candidates.