The first contest in the 2020 Democratic presidential race ended in a nightmare fashion for the party after Iowa Democrats bungled the reporting of the results - raising doubts over the accuracy of the pending counts and the impact the caucuses will have on the overall contest as it moves ahead.
Unlike in the past, however, participants this year will report their first (and second, if necessary) choices on paper cards collected by officials in each precinct, a sort of first-ever paper trail. "They literally have no verified results right now so we won't know anything until sometime Tuesday".
"This is simply a reporting issue", she said, denying there was "a hack or an intrusion". Security concerns were raised about the app, whose developer has not yet been named nor its security practices, fearing that doing so would help hackers break into the system.
Rumours spread that a problem with a phone app, which precincts use to send their vote totals to the party, was responsible.
AP VoteCast is a survey of more than 2,700 voters who said they planned to take part in Monday's Democratic caucuses in Iowa, conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.
"Tonight in this enormously consequential 2020 election, the first state in the country has voted, and today marks the beginning of the end for Donald Trump". A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, Espinoza-Lara said the election of Donald Trump and his blasting of Mexican immigrants pushed her to get involved in politics.
Campaigns workers for Democrats reported significant glitches with the new reporting app they were supposed to use to report caucus results Monday night.
The Iowa vote for the next Democratic presidential primary candidacy is under way, and although the votes have been cast and are ready to be announced, hours have lapsed.
Elesha Gayman, the Democratic chairwoman of Scott county, Iowa's third largest, said many of her precinct captains were having issues reporting results. "But I did not want to let another minute go by without thanking all of you", she said.
While Weld and Walsh are not expected to pose a tough challenge for the president this primary season, the Trump campaign and more than 80 Trump surrogates were sprinkled across Iowa, speaking at Republican caucus locations.
In a video tweeted Sunday, he said, "You can tell how good I feel by how nervous the establishment is getting". If their preferred candidate does not get at least 15 percent support in the first round, they are no longer viable.
Pete Buttigieg stands a good chance in the Iowa caucus. Look, he concluded, "so it's on to New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, and well beyond!"
In recent years, the victor in Iowa has also ended up becoming the Democratic nominee.
"The idea of the caucus itself has failed to meet the viability threshold".