Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders sat atop the field Tuesday in partial returns from the Iowa caucuses, which left the contest unresolved and the Democratic presidential race in turmoil more than 24 hours after the votes were cast.
The results reflected just 62% of returns, owing to a computer malfunction and other difficulties, with no word when the final outcome would be known.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, narrowly led Vermont Sen. Sanders 27% to 25% in state delegates awarded — the standard measure of victory in Iowa — followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 18%, former Vice President Joe Biden with 15% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 13%.
In a separate measure, Sanders led Buttigieg in the popular vote by 1,190 ballots, followed by Warren, Biden and Klobuchar.
For now, however, Iowa’s full impact remains to be seen.
As the place where the first ballots of the 2020 campaign were cast, the state was supposed to add clarity .
Instead, it compounded the confusion and unleashed a fresh round of finger-pointing and acrimony. Candidates and their supporters were furious at the Iowa Democratic Party . Iowa Democrats were angry at the national party for insisting on new ways of reporting the outcome.
At the center of the mishap was a computer application intended to help tally results. Democrats throughout the state reported problems working with the app and difficulty phoning in results. In Nevada, which votes next after New Hampshire on Feb. 22, party leaders insisted Iowa’s troubles would not be repeated, though the formula for determining the winner is far more complex than the one used here.