DES MOINES, Iowa – The delayed Iowa Caucus results from Democratic party officials due to reporting “inconsistencies” on Monday has left President Donald Trump as the only candidate claiming a win in Iowa.
“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,” Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure said in a released statement.
“This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”
Trump went on Twitter to criticize the Democrat’s Iowa Caucus reporting fiasco.
“The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran the Country,” Trump tweeted.
“Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that. The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is “Trump”.
The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran the Country. Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that. The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is “Trump”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2020
Political statistician Nate Silver wrote on FiveThirtyEight that the Iowa Caucus might have “screwed up the whole nomination process” for the Democratic Presidential Primary.
That’s because a win in Iowa delivers momentum and media coverage for the winner going into the New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina primaries.
The Iowa Caucus was predicted to be hurtful for the establishment favorite, Joe Biden, and helpful to Bernie Sanders, Peter Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren.
The delayed precinct reporting in the Iowa Caucus likely helped Biden and stole momentum from his rivals.
This can increase the chances that Bernie Sanders supporters sit out of the general election if they feel the Democratic Primary nomination was stolen, which would help Trump win the Presidency in 2020.