2020 Iowa Democratic Caucus results released

Meeting with the Democratic caucus, Joe Biden shakes leaders’ hands. Caucuses are an important part of the election process where the public can vote and have a general idea of their party’s selection for office.

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Meeting with the Democratic caucus, Joe Biden shakes leaders’ hands. Caucuses are an important part of the election process where the public can vote and have a general idea of their party’s selection for office.

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  On Monday night, the first caucus for the 2020 election occurred in Iowa, but things did not go as planned. Democrats implemented a new app for voters to cast their decisions on their smartphones. This was supposed to relay the results of the election quickly to the public, but the app backfired due to a coding issue related to reporting the data. A few other reasons for the delay were improper testing before the election, not enough training executed for app users, and many users waiting to download the app right before voting. The app’s developers, Shadow Inc., have apologized and ensured that they will use this incident to learn how to improve the app. Party staff resorted to manually recording the data, which added to the amount of time between voting and the release of the results.

  Some of the outcome was published on Tuesday night right after 5 pm. At first, only 62% of the data was shown online. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg was in the lead with 26.9% of the votes, but Senator Bernie Sanders was right behind him 25% of votes. Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, and Andrew Yang followed behind with less and less votes. The remaining 6 candidates had less than 1% of the votes, and many had no votes at all. On the Republican side of the caucus, current President Trump won with ease and over 97% of the votes.