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Buttigieg retains his lead after Iowa caucus recount

By: - February 28, 2020 10:23 am

Incoming U.S. secretary of transportation Pete Buttigieg, seen here at the 2019 South Carolina Democratic Party Convention, has inherited a crumbling infrastructure system. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Pete Buttigieg maintained his narrow lead over Bernie Sanders for state delegate equivalents in Iowa’s 2020 presidential caucus,  according to recount results from the Iowa Democratic Party.

Following recount requests from the campaigns of both Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the party recounted 23 precincts, which resulted in no changes to the national delegate counts.

The new results gave Buttigieg 562.954 state delegate equivalents, a slight increase from previous tallies, and Sanders 562.021. As a result, Buttigieg maintained his 13 delegates, while Sanders continued to claim 12, according to party officials.

The party plans to certify the results on Saturday, declaring them the official, final numbers.

On Twitter, Buttigieg’s Iowa campaign staff tweeted, “Pete Buttigieg has won (still).”

Sanders’ senior campaign advisor Jeff Weaver told Politico, however, that they are challenging the numbers, arguing the party “conducted its recanvass and recount in a way that violated their delegate selection plan.”

The Associated Press has yet to name Buttigieg as the winner of the Iowa Caucuses, citing concerns over the accuracy of the party’s reporting.

On the night of the caucuses, local Democrats across the state said there were difficulties using a mobile app to report the results from their precincts, which delayed results.

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price resigned after the debacle and Mark Smith was named the new chair on Feb. 15.


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