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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg declared victory in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses even though the official final results have yet to be reported.
“By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious,” said Buttigieg to enthusiastic supporters late Monday in Des Moines. “Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality,” he added.
The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to report any results, saying they have been delayed because of “inconsistencies” in the count.
Much of the blame was placed on a mobile app that organizers say wasn’t tested until hours before the caucuses began. The app was the tool caucus locations were told to use to report their results to the state party. Caucus secretaries were relegated to calling in their results, delaying the final results into Tuesday.
Buttigieg acknowledged the lack of official results in his speech, but added, “Iowa, you have shocked the nation.”
Tuesday morning, WIBC host Tony Katz addressed the confusion in Iowa and Buttigieg’s comments: