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Iowa caucus: Results delayed by tech issues

Results from voting in the US state of Iowa, the first round in the contest to choose a Democratic candidate to challenge President Donald Trump in November, have been thrown into chaos.

Iowa’s Democratic party said on Tuesday that the delay, which observers blame on technology flaws, was a “reporting issue”. It said it expected to “have numbers to report later today [Tuesday]”.

On Monday, voters flocked to more than 1,600 schools, libraries and churches.

Notwithstanding the absence of results, several candidates are claiming victory.

Former Vice-President Joe Biden, who many consider the ultimate front-runner, said the signs were good for his campaign.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke of winning in Iowa’s caucuses, citing internal campaign data that placed him ahead of Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Earlier, Mr. Buttigieg told supporters that his campaign was now ready for the next primary in New Hampshire due on February 11.

The Iowa vote was a caucus – which involves people attending a meeting before voting on a candidate, perhaps via a head count or a show of hands.

However, voters in primaries, like the one in New Hampshire, can just appear at a polling booth and vote in secret.

Observers have pointed to the credibility issues that the delay in the results of the Iowa caucus could generate, especially given that the winner at the Iowa vote has almost always emerged as the eventual Democratic candidate.

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