Buttigieg Wins Iowa Delegate Count, But Bernie Tops Popular Vote

Update (02/05 01:30 p.m.): Buttigieg maintained a slim lead in Iowa after the second round of results from Monday night's caucus were released, according to The Hill.

The results, which accounted for roughly 71 percent of the precincts that voted, showed the former South Bend, Ind., mayor with 26.8 percent of the delegate share. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) nipped at his heels with 25.2 percent. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden rounded out the top four with 18.4 percent and 15.4 percent, respectively.

The Iowa Democratic Party earlier Tuesday released results for 62 percent of precincts, showing Buttigieg and Sanders in the lead. With the substantial number of precincts left to count and the margin so slim, the race remains too close to call.

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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg won Monday's Iowa caucus with 26.9% of the state delegates, followed by Sens. Bernie Sanders in second (25.1%) and Elizabeth Warren in third (18.3%) according to Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Chair Troy Price, after 62% of statewide precincts were finally counted.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic 'frontrunner' if you believe national polls, came in fourth at an embarrassing 15.6%.

That said, Sanders won the popular vote with 27,088 vs. Buttigieg's 23,666.

The results follow an embarrassing delay in reporting the Iowa caucus results was caused by a broken app developed by ex-Clinton and Obama staffers and bankrolled by a billionaire Buttigieg-backer.

After the controversial app from Shadow, Inc. failed miserably - preventing caucus site leaders from uploading the results at their locations, attempts were made to phone them in - only to wait on hold for more than an hour. One caucus chairman of a precinct in Story County was hung up on as he attempted to report their results.

"Well, Wolf, I have been on hold for more than an hour with the Iowa Democratic Party," precinct captain Shawn Sebastian told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding "They hung up on me. They hung up on me."

The chaos was met by anger from the candidates' campaigns - except Buttigieg, who declared victory and got out of dodge.

Former Vice President Joe Biden - who appears to have suffered a massive defeat based on preliminary estimates - effectively threatened to sue the IDP if they released the results before his campaign could see them. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, reportedly sent 5 lawyers to meet with party officials after he sent operatives to polling locations to gather independent counts.

Meanwhile, Buttigieg has made significant gains at online betting site PredictIt, who is now within striking distance of Biden.

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