Iowa ‘Meltdown’: Caucus Results Should Be Announced Later Today After ‘Inconsistencies’

Iowa ‘Meltdown’: Caucus Results Should Be Announced Later Today After ‘Inconsistencies’

The Democratic race is off to a stumbling start after the results of Monday’s Iowa Caucuses could not be announced overnight due to ‘inconsistencies.’ The key first contest in the nomination process suffered what’s been called a ‘meltdown‘.

“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” Iowa Democratic Party communications director Mandy McClure said.

“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.”

The results are due to be released later on Tuesday following ‘quality control checks, making sure the numbers are accurate.’

The issues with the Caucuses have derailed what should have been an important moment in the Democratic race. Senator Bernie Sanders was expected to win on Monday, which would have given his campaign a boost, while the placement of other candidates will give an indication of how the rest of their campaigns might unfold.

Iowa has managed to be an embarrassment for the Democratic Party as the results were widely anticipated and Iowa has a particular resonance in American presidential politics. President Donald Trump is expected to capitalize on the issue by painting Democrats as incompetent.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor