1. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"We're in a really unusual situation right now where the Iowa caucuses were held and we have no results. The state party says that they have had some issues. They've had some inconsistencies in their reporting. We've been told by precinct chairs and by the campaigns that there were some issues in the mobile app that the precincts were supposed to be using to report their data. And so we've ended up in this situation where many hours after the caucuses actually happened, we really don't know what what the results are."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"No one really is the winner from this. We don't know who actually won the caucus. Certainly the party looks bad right now. Anytime you launch a big important process like this and you're not able to to put results forward, it's a big failure. And certainly they're going to be a lot of questions going forward about how this happened, why it happened, and what the future of the Iowa caucuses really is."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"We saw a lot of the campaigns really trying to spin the night in their favor. Pete Buttigieg came out and declared that he was victorious, which was a bit funny considering there were no results to base that on. We had other campaigns that were releasing what they said were were their own internal numbers. We had a lot of campaigns trying to argue that they had a lot of momentum coming out of Iowa."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"All of the campaigns were collecting their own information, but it's all incomplete. Anything that you were seeing from a campaign right now is missing some pieces, doesn't tell the full story of what happened. So certainly campaigns are trying to use this as an opportunity to keep going to declare that they have momentum going forward. But the reality is, we just don't know what happened on the ground."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"The Iowa Democratic Party says that they expect to have results out later Tuesday. They weren't any more specific than that. Certainly we know that they're going to be scrambling in the early hours of Tuesday to try to get a complete picture. But it really is unclear if people will believe the results once they are put out. There are so many questions now about this process. So many questions about why things seem to have gone so wrong. And it really is certainly an opportunity for campaigns that didn't do quite as well to question the results and to raise doubts about them. And I think the real takeaway from this is that no matter what the results end up being, no one is going to really get the momentum that they were hoping for out of this caucus. That attention really just shifts to New Hampshire."
Problems with a mobile app appeared to force a delay in reporting the results of the Iowa caucuses Monday, leaving the campaigns, voters and the media in election limbo and pressing for an explanation.
The Iowa Democratic Party said it expects to release data later Tuesday after manually verifying its data against paper backups. Chairman Troy Price said the delays were the result of a reporting issue, not a hack or intrusion.
But other caucus organizers put the blame squarely on a new technology used to report results from some 1,700 caucus meetings across the state. Glitches with a new mobile app caused confusion, they said, and some caucus organizers were forced to call in results for the state party to record manually, introducing human error and delays.
Des Moines County Democratic Chair Tom Courtney said he heard that in precincts across his county, including his own, the mobile app was "a mess."
Precinct leaders were instead phoning in their results to the Democratic Party headquarters, and “they weren't answering the phones," Courtney said.
The problems were an embarrassment for a state that has long sought to protect its prized status as the first contest in presidential primaries and the nation's first vetter of candidates. The delay was certain to become fodder for critics who argued that the caucuses - party meetings that can be chaotic, crowded and messy - are antiquated and exclusionary.
The Iowa Democratic Party pressed forward with the new reporting system amid warnings about the possibility of hacking and glitches. Party officials said they took numerous security precautions and maintained that any errors would be easily correctable because of backups and a paper trail.
But organizers running precincts in Iowa didn’t get to test the app beforehand. Iowa party officials had said they would not be sending the new mobile app to precinct chairs for downloading until just before the caucuses to narrow the window for any interference.
Some precinct chairs said they had trouble downloading or logging into the app and didn't use it.
The apps were barely working Monday night, according to a person involved in processing the data who requested anonymity to discuss the party's internal system. That forced party aides to record results from the precincts via phone and enter them manually into a database. Officials were left using photos of results to validate results and ensure accuracy.
The slowdown was exacerbated by the fact that the party was for the first time attempting to report three different sets of data - an initial headcount of each candidates' support, a count after supporters had realigned, and the state delegate winners.
President Donald Trump's campaign quickly seized on the issue to sow doubt about the validity of the results.
“Quality control rigged?” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted Monday evening, adding a emoji with furrowed brows.
Richard L. Hasen, an election expert and professor at University of California, Irvine School of Law, cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the integrity of the election.
“Most of the time when there is a problem with an election it turns out to be the result of administrative incompetence rather than someone cheating or some outside interference,” Hasen said.
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