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Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last week. Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
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Bernie Sanders claims victory as review ordered of Iowa results by Democratic Party's chairman

Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez has demanded a review of the results.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Bernie Sanders joined Pete Buttigieg today in claiming victory in the chaotic Iowa caucuses as thr party chairman ordered a review of the results of the first nominating contest.

Sanders, the leftist senator from Vermont, and Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, have been separated by a razor-thin margin in the results released so far from Monday’s caucuses.

Buttigieg declared himself the winner based on the number of delegates from the midwestern state who will be sent to the Democratic convention in July while Sanders staked his claim based on the popular vote.

Three days after the caucuses were held, however, the final results are yet to be released and some doubts have been raised about their accuracy.

Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez finally stepped in today, demanding a review of the results from the caucuses embarrassingly marred by technical problems.

“Enough is enough,” Perez said on Twitter. “In order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”

Perez said it would involve an examination of the results from each caucus site rather than a full recount.

With returns in from 97% of the 1,765 precincts in Iowa, Buttigieg was leading by 26.2% to Sanders’ 26.1% in the delegate totals.

Progressive Elizabeth Warren was next with 18.2% followed by former vice president Joe Biden with 15.8% and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar with 12.2%.

‘Much, much, much too complicated’

Sanders, speaking today in New Hampshire, the next state to hold a presidential nominating contest, pointed to his 6,000-vote edge.

“In other words, some 6,000 more Iowans came out on caucus night to support our candidacy than the candidacy of anyone else,” he said.

u-s-iowa-democratic-caucus-results-first-set Pete Buttigieg. Xinhua News Agency / PA Images Xinhua News Agency / PA Images / PA Images

“From where I come from the person who gets the most votes wins,” Sanders said, arguing that too much emphasis was being put on delegate totals.

At the end of the day, he said, the caucus system is “much, much, much too complicated” and it was a mistake for the state party to “rely on untested technology.”

Party officials have blamed the technical meltdown on a “coding error” with an app that was being used for the first time to report results.

President Donald Trump pounced on the debacle in the first-in-the-nation contest to decide which Democrat will face him in November.

“The Democrats, they can’t count some simple votes, and yet they want to take over your health care system,” Trump said during remarks at the White House celebrating his acquittal at his Senate impeachment trial.

Buttigieg appeared to be getting a bounce from his strong performance in Iowa as the latest New Hampshire poll showed the centrist candidate in second place in the Granite State, which holds a primary on Tuesday.

The Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll had Sanders, who won the New Hampshire primary four years ago before eventually losing the nomination to Hillary Clinton, topping the field with 25%.

 © – AFP 2020

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