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Iowa Democratic Party releases 85% of caucus results but an error forces correction

Brianne Pfannenstiel, Tim Webber and Barbara Rodriguez, Des Moines Register
Published 4:16 p.m. CT Feb. 5, 2020 | Updated 7:09 p.m. CT Feb. 5, 2020

After all of its struggles to release proper results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses Monday night, on Wednesday afternoon, the party released some mistaken results.

"There will be a minor correction to the last batch of results and we will be pushing an update momentarily," the Iowa Democratic Party said in a tweet, after it had released 85% of the long-awaited results

The precinct-level data the party released showed it misreported results from Des Moines' 55th precinct, which was held in the lobby of Capital Square, a downtown office building that also is home to the Des Moines Register's newsroom.

The party's Wednesday afternoon results, before the correction, showed Patrick earning the support of 191 people in the first alignment and 218 in the final alignment. Those numbers actually belonged to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Black Hawk County supervisor Chris Schwartz also tweeted that the party had incorrectly reported results in that northeast county. There, he said, Sanders' delegate support was allocated to Patrick in the party's tally.

The state party is now being forced to walk back their error of giving @BernieSanders delegates to @DevalPatrick who received zero votes in Black Hawk County. Press can dm me. https://t.co/yaS8pXvYM7
Chris Schwartz (@SchwartzForIowa) February 5, 2020


Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick

Responding to widespread criticism for the inexplicably slow reporting process, Democratic officials have attributed the chaos in Iowa to a newly created app built by a little-known firm called Shadow, which has financial ties to the Democratic establishment as well as the Buttigieg campaign.


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dmr: Iowa Democratic Party releases 85% of caucus results but an error forces correction
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2020/02/05/iowa-democratic-party-reports-iowa-caucus-results-with-errors/4672474002/


dnow: Chaos Continues in Iowa as Democrats Mistakenly Award Delegates for Bernie Sanders to Deval Patrick
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/6/iowa_caucuses_bernie_sanders_shadow_app