What the presidential candidates are saying about the Iowa results

Several White House hopefuls are questioning the Iowa Democratic Party’s decision to release a portion of the caucus results on Tuesday afternoon following Monday night’s delay.

The state party chairman told the candidates’ campaigns Tuesday that a “majority” of the caucus results will be released at 5 pm. ET.

Biden campaign adviser Jesse Harris objected to the partial release of caucus results, a Biden aide confirmed to The Hill.


“If you put out 50 percent of results, people are going to take that as final,” Harris said. “That’s only half. That’s not the total picture [of] what happened yesterday.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) has not been casting doubt on the results but reportedly said she didn’t “understand” the party’s decision to release a portion of the data Tuesday evening. 

“I just don’t understand what that means to release half of the data. I think they ought to get it together and release all of the data,” Warren told reporters in New Hampshire.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) told reporters Tuesday that the delay is disappointing but said that’s not a reason to question the accuracy of the results.

“I think we should all be disappointed in the inability of the party to come up with timely results, but we are not casting aspersions on the votes that are being counted,” Sanders said. “There’s no excuse for not having results last night, but that doesn’t mean to say the votes, that the totals, will be inaccurate. That’s unfair.”


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Sanders’s internal campaign data showed him leading the final count with 29.66 percent of the state’s delegates, senior adviser Jeff Weaver said on MSNBC.

Meanwhile, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE has been championing what he called a victory Monday night.

He gave a speech to supporters saying his campaign “shocked the nation.” Buttigieg on Tuesday defended his decision to make the speech, telling MSNBC he based it off internal campaign data. 

A spokesperson for Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-Minn.) campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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