Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was the clear Iowa Caucus winner Monday night in Carroll County, according to unofficial results.
“Mayor Pete, Biden and Klobuchar had very good nights,” Peter Leo, chairman of the county Democrats, said of Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Leo has been double-checking the county’s results this morning as he awaits word from state party leaders about how to deliver the hard-copy results to state headquarters. He said official results of the caucuses likely will be tabulated based on those paper results, rather than the ones reported via a party-commissioned cellphone app or by telephone.
“I appreciate that they are doing their best to make sure we are reporting our results accurately,” Leo said. “The public deserves to have this right.”
Buttigieg captured about a third of Carroll County’s 100 delegates, based on the unofficial tabulations:
— Buttigieg: 34 delegates
— Biden: 25 delegates
— Klobuchar: 19 delegates
— U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders: 12 delegates
— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 9 delegates
— Businessman Andrew Yang: 1 delegate
The official results have been delayed by an apparent coding error of the cellphone app and a higher-than-expected call volume from caucus precinct leaders who chose to report by telephone instead.
In Carroll County, just one of the 13 precincts reported via the app, Leo said.
C.J. Niles, who led a precinct that met at Carroll High School, said it took about an hour to call in the site’s results, whereas in previous years it took about 15 minutes to report the information by phone.
“I didn’t even try the app because I’m not confident in my skills that way,” Niles said. “I’ve always called in, so that’s what I did.”
State Democratic party officials have blamed the results delay on a coding error in the new cellphone app that caused the results to be improperly reported. They say the error has been fixed.
Still, there were problems with long waits for those precinct leaders who attempted to call in results. Leo said Carroll County precincts had waits of at least a half hour, with some that exceeded an hour.
Also, two precincts precinct leaders were forced to make middle-of-the-night reports after their initial reports were somehow lost. One precinct phoned in results three separate times, Leo said.
“They are aware of what our totals are,” Leo said of state party leaders. “The last step in the process is us delivering our original documents to them.”
State party leaders expect to release the results today. It was the first contest to determine who will oppose President Donald Trump in this year’s general election.