The Democratic party of Iowa was hit with embarrassing criticism after a “baffling” delay to the results being released from the highly anticipated Iowa caucuses.
MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki reported that they had reached out to the Democratic party and received no answers about why the results were delayed.
“I can tell you the Iowa Democratic Party now isn’t saying anything,” said Kornacki. “No answer, no answer, no answer.”
“So frankly, we are baffled as to what’s going on. We are not getting any communication from the Iowa Democratic Party. And as you say, this is highly unusual.”
Here’s the video of Kornacki:
A report from Politico indicated that the phone line into the Democratic party was not working, and that some precinct chairs were being told to take cellphone photos of the results and text them to an executive director.
Some results were supposed to be sent into the party headquarters through a phone application, but that system has failed.
“We are on paper in many cases,” not the app, said an Iowa Democrat. “The whole system largely broke.”
Iowa Democratic Party communications director Mandy McClure released a statement trying to explain the delay.
“The integrity of the results is paramount. We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the [Iowa Democratic Party] is reporting out three data sets for the first time,” said McClure.
“What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016,” she added.
The Biden campaign registered their disappointment with the “considerable flaws” in the reporting system.