With 71% of Returns From Iowa, Buttigieg Still Leads; Biden Calls It 'A Good Night'

By Susan Jones | February 5, 2020 | 6:49am EST
Democrat presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at the Dec. 19 Democrat primary debate in Los Angeles. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
Democrat presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at the Dec. 19 Democrat primary debate in Los Angeles. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The returns are still trickling in from Iowa Democrats; and based on 71 percent of the results from all 99 counties, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg still leads the Democrat pack by 1.6 percentage points.

Yet former Vice President Joe Biden, trailing in fourth place so far, called it a "good night in Iowa," as he campaigned Tuesday in New Hampshire.

As of 11:50 p.m. Tuesday -- more than 24 hours after Monday's caucuses ended -- Buttigieg had 26.8 percent of Iowa delegates; Bernie Sanders had 25.2 percent; Elizabeth Warren was third with 18.4 percent; Biden was fourth, with 15.4 percent; and Amy Klobuchar had 12.6 percent.

(Iowa Democrats reported 62 percent of the returns at 5 p.m. Tuesday, and nothing much changed between that update and the most recent one at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.)

Tom Perez, the chairman of the national Democrat Party, finally weighed in on the massive malfunction that delayed the Iowa returns -- a problem blamed on a faulty app:

In a statement released Tuesday night, Perez said:

What happened last night should never happen again. We have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted.  It is clear that the app in question did not function adequately. It will not be used in Nevada or anywhere else during the primary election process.  The technology vendor must provide absolute transparent accounting of what went wrong.

Our immediate goal is to ensure that every vote is counted as quickly as possible. Accuracy is our guidepost.

 ‘Good night’ for 4th place Biden

Former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning in Nashua, N.H. on Tuesday, told his supporters, "You have no idea how happy we were to be heading to New Hampshire and Nashua."

Biden also said he "had a good night last night in Iowa."

Here's the deal. We think we're going to come out of there really doing well, but you know, be careful what you say because it's not done yet.  I know the Iowa Democratic Party is trying to work through all the issues with that application they had.

They had that app and other problems. I said last night, let's give them time. And I'm not being critical, let's give them time to work out those issues carefully and deliberately, because a lot depends on it. So we don't know precisely how many delegates we have or how many we'll get.

But I feel really good about getting our fair share. Now it's time for New Hampshire to speak, and to speak loudly.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, campaigning in Milford, N.H., said, "I am very proud to tell you that last night in Iowa, we received more votes on the first and second round than any other candidate.

And that is -- that is with 62 percent of the vote in. For some reason in Iowa, they're having a little bit of trouble counting votes. But I am confident that here in New Hampshire, I know they'll able to count your votes on election night. And when you count those votes, I look forward to winning here in New Hampshire."

Third-place finisher Elizabeth Warren called the Iowa debacle a "bumpy start to the democratic process."

"So we're back from Iowa!" she told supporters in Keene, N.H. on Tuesday. "But here is what we know. It's a tight, three-way race at the top. We know that the three of us will be dividing up most of the delegates coming out of Iowa. I'm feeling good!" she said.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told PBS on Tuesday there will be "no mistakes" in the New Hampshire primary:

"New Hampshire has a paper trail. We have had a paper trail really since we have had the New Hampshire primary. This is something that we do every four years. We have a secretary of state who has been there, who knows how this works. And people are going to see credible results, and they're going to come out primary night," Shaheen said.

"So I think once the New Hampshire primary happens, people are not going to remember what happened in Iowa. They are going to be focused on Nevada and South Carolina and all the contests that come after New Hampshire."


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