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Politics Iowa caucus live updates: Democrats to release more vote results after chaos

20:30  05 february  2020
20:30  05 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Company behind troubled app used in Iowa caucuses breaks silence

  Company behind troubled app used in Iowa caucuses breaks silence Shadow Inc., the tech company that worked with the Iowa Democratic Party to build a caucus reporting mobile app, explains what went wrong with the app, a failure that caused the party to delay releasing the results of the voting contest."We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night's Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it has caused to the candidates, their campaigns, and Democratic caucus-goers," the company said. "As the Iowa Democratic Party has confirmed, the underlying data and collection process via Shadow's mobile caucus app was sound and accurate, but our process to transmit that caucus results data generated via the app to the IDP was not.

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus on Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa.© Charlie Neibergall Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price speaks about the delay in Iowa caucus on Feb. 4, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa Democratic Party released partial results from Monday's state caucuses — and is set to make public more votes on Wednesday — showing Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders at the front of the pack of Democratic candidates.

So far, 71 percent of the vote has been released. Results could change as more data is put out. NBC has not called a winner in the race. Caucusgoers gathered at nearly 1,700 sites across Iowa to tally support for their preferred candidates on Monday night only for the count to be thrown into disarray when what Iowa Democrats called "inconsistencies" delayed the reporting of results.

Has Iowa's caucus chaos affected confidence in U.S. elections?

  Has Iowa's caucus chaos affected confidence in U.S. elections? In the wake of Iowa's messy caucus results, 47 percent of U.S. adults have less confidence in U.S. election process, according to a Microsoft News poll taken Tuesday. Twenty-three percent have less confidence in the process by a "great deal," with 24 percent having "a fair amount" less confidence. In contrast, a total of 43 percent indicate their confidence was minimally affected or not affected.  There was little difference when results were broken down by age, gender, income, race and education.

As the delay stretched on into Tuesday, candidates came out to give speeches that sounded a lot like declarations of victory despite no numbers to support or refute them.

The state has 41 pledged delegates up for grabs, and the high-stakes contest traditionally plays a major role in determining who is a legitimate contender in the race. Candidates in the crowded Democratic field needed to meet a threshold of support (at least 15 percent of attendees at most caucus sites) to become viable, or they saw supporters move on to someone else.

Highlights from the Iowa caucuses:

  • Iowa Democrats release more caucus results.
  • Here's why more than one candidate can declare victory.
  • ANALYSIS: The Iowa caucuses' muddled vote count was a debacle, but not for Joe Biden.
  • Officials blame app "coding issue" for delay in caucus results; app co. expresses 'regret.'
  • Caucus chaos sparks fresh calls for an end to Iowa's leadoff status.
  • Where to find Iowa race results.
  • Download the NBC News app for full coverage and alerts on the latest news.

    Nevada Democrats to use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track caucus .
    Party has a two-step plan intended to avoid the reporting chaos of the Iowa caucus.The app will be loaded onto 2,000 iPads purchased by the party and distributed to precinct chairs, according to a memo signed by party Executive Director Alana Mounce seen by the Associated Press Thursday. Google's app will calculate and submit results electronically, while a second step will rely on submissions also being made by phone.

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