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The Iowa Democratic Party encountered a slew of problems during the Iowa caucuses that have prevented them from officially reporting the results even after the caucuses concluded. The party made a number of changes in preparation for the caucuses in an attempt to be more transparent, but almost immediately realized something was wrong with the computer application being used to report the results from the caucuses throughout the state.
There were supposed to be three sets of results tonight: the original number of people who caucused for a certain candidate, the numbers for each candidate after anyone who didn't meet the minimum threshold of 15% and the number of delegates awarded to each candidate. As of 11:45PM EST on caucus night none of the three numbers were announced and the state party has not provided a timeline of when they expect to have them released.
It certainly wasn't supposed to go this way tonight, but I can't help but think it helps the lower-tier candidates who didn't have to deliver a concession speech and instead were all able to deliver an upbeat speech thanking their supporters without having to admit defeat.
For that same reason, I think this delay hurts Senator Sanders the most. He had the most to gain from a big night and victory speech to a national audience (if he is the winner), but instead he was forced to give the same type of "who knows what happened?" speech the other candidates had to deliver.
What do you think? Will the delay have any affect on the race or is this just a blip that we will all forget about by the next primary in New Hampshire?