The results followed 24 hours of chaos as technical issues marred the contest, forcing state officials to apologize and raising questions about Iowa's traditional place atop the presidential primary calendar.
It was too early to call a winner based on the initial results, but Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar were trailing in the tally of State Delegate Equivalents, according to data released for the first time by the state Democratic Party nearly 24 hours after voting concluded.
7:50 p.m.: DNC chair wants full accounting of Iowa problems
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez wants "absolute transparent accounting" of the technological meltdown that led to delayed results from Monday's leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Perez said in a statement Tuesday that "what happened last night should never happen again." Saying it was “clear” the app used to tally caucus results failed, Perez called on the vendor to “provide absolute transparent accounting" of what happened.
Perez says the party has staff “working around the clock” to help count remaining votes. Nevada Democrats scrapped plans to use similar technology at their caucuses, coming several weeks from now. Officials in other early voting states expressed confidence in their primary election systems.
The Iowa Democratic Party released partial results Tuesday after technological failures caused a daylong delay. The numbers show former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the contest. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar are trailing.
7:20 p.m.: Joe Biden pokes fun at delay in results
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is poking fun at the lack of clarity coming from the Iowa caucuses as he makes his second stop in New Hampshire.
Speaking in Concord on Tuesday, the former vice president emphasized health care and his record of achievements as other major 2020 rivals were cheering on their success in the initial data coming out of Iowa.
“Twenty-four hours later, they’re still trying to figure out what the heck happened in Iowa,” Biden said with a laugh. “At this rate, New Hampshire might get the first vote after all.”
Initial data released by the Iowa Democratic Party late Tuesday afternoon shows Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders ahead in the state's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
The tally of state delegate equivalents shows Elizabeth Warren, Biden and Amy Klobuchar trailing behind. The results were delayed because of technical malfunctions.
“There’s nothing to come back from yet, but I’d like you to rocket me out of here to make sure this thing works, OK?” Biden said. “Because if I come out of here well, you guys are going to set the tone for the whole, whole rest of the race.” — Associated Press
5:25 p.m.: Amy Klobuchar team says results show ‘5-person race’
The campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says early results from the Iowa caucuses indicate “that this is a five-person race."
The Iowa Democratic Party released partial results Tuesday after technological failures caused a daylong delay. The numbers show former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the first-in-the-nation contest. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and Klobuchar are all trailing.
The results reflected 62% of precincts in the state.
Klobuchar campaign manager Justin Buoen tweeted: “Some of Amy's strongest counties haven't been fully reported and the current data doesn't tell the full story. We're in a virtual tie with VP Biden and we look forward to making our case in New Hampshire."
The Minnesota senator is holding three town halls in New Hampshire on Tuesday. — Associated Press
4:50 p.m.: Pete Buttigieg appears to choke up after results
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg appeared to choke up as he addressed supporters in New Hampshire after initial voting results from Iowa showed him leading the caucuses along with Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg said Tuesday at a middle school in Laconia that his success “validates for a kid somewhere in a community wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong, in their own family that if you believe in yourself and your country, there's a lot backing up that belief."
It was an apparent nod to his status as the first openly gay candidate to be a major contender for the presidential nomination. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is married to his husband, Chasten, who was standing in the back of the room as Buttigieg spoke. Both have spoken of the difficulties of being gay in a conservative state.
Buttigieg notes that he is now in “a state that famously thinks for itself.” He said he has never been more confident in his campaign, his team and his vision for America. — Associated Press
4:15 p.m.: Partial Iowa caucus results released
Nearly 24 hours after Iowa Democrats turned out to caucus, the first incomplete results from the gaffe-filled counting of preferences in the nation’s first presidential contest were released late Tuesday afternoon, showing former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a narrow early lead.
Based on the percentage of Iowa’s 41 national nominating convention delegates, Buttigieg received 26.9% of delegate support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 25.1%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 18.3%, former Vice President Joe Biden with 15.6% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 12.6%. The results are based on 62% of the state’s nearly 1,700 precincts reporting, including ones in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Read more here. — Rick Pearson and Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune
2:35 p.m.: Headed to New Hampshire, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders questions Pete Buttigieg for claiming victory in Iowa without results
Speaking with reporters aboard his campaign plane on the way to New Hampshire, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called the Iowa Democratic Party “negligent in getting us timely results.”
In the absence of official results, Sanders turned to his campaign manager who read off results based on reports from the campaign’s precinct captains covering 60% of the state that showed the Vermont senator in the lead. Sanders emphasized he was not yet calling it a win, and he criticized Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for declaring victory Monday night.
“I don’t know how anybody declares victory before you have any official statement as to election results, so we’re not declaring victory,” Sanders said.
Sanders acknowledged that the Iowa debacle could undermine voter confidence in the electoral process.
“This is not a good night for democracy. If I’m a first time voter, and I came out and voted and the results are not coming in for 16 hours, that’s a little bit disconcerting,” he said. “But I think especially in this unprecedented moment in American history, we have got to keep our eyes on the prize, and that is we have got to rally the American people. We have to have the largest voter turnout we possibly can to defeat a very, very dangerous president.”
Asked about the turnout in Iowa, Sanders indicated that it was likely to fall short of the records set in 2008 when then-Sen. Barack Obama won the caucuses.
“What I have heard is that they were somewhat higher than they were in 2016, but not as high, frankly, as I would have liked to have seen,” he said of the turnout.
Meanwhile, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign ratcheted up its criticism of the Iowa Democratic Party on Tuesday, suggesting that releasing only a portion of the results is not adequate and could skew perceptions of the race before a full picture of the outcome is available.
Asked during an interview with NBC if he was comfortable with 50% of the results being released, Warren campaign manager Roger Lau responded, “No, they should release more than that. They should release all of the results.” — Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune
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2:05 p.m.: Company that built Iowa mobile reporting app apologizes but Nevada Democrats have already changed course
Shadow, Inc., the mobile app that caused significant reporting delays during the Iowa caucus, has issued an apology on Twitter. No information yet on how they plan to correct the reported coding error.
The Nevada Democratic Party announced Tuesday morning that it would not employ the same company that built the mobile app that failed to record caucus results, throwing the results of the first Democratic nominating contest in Iowa into disarray.
"NV Dems can confidently say that what happened in the Iowa caucus last night will not happen in Nevada on February 22nd. We will not be employing the same app or vendor used in the Iowa caucuses. We had already developed a series of backups," the party said in a statement.
Federal disclosures show both the Iowa and Nevada Democratic parties had paid a firm named Shadow, though neither would publicly name the company, citing hacking and cybersecurity concerns. —Charles J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
1:45 p.m.: Bloomberg doubles television advertisement spending amid Iowa chaos
Michael Bloomberg is using the Iowa caucus debacle to his advantage. After conferring with his advisors Tuesday night, the former New York City mayor authorized his campaign team to double the spending on television advertisements, which was previously clocked at a whopping $132 million. He also expanded his campaign field staff to include more than two thousand people.
Bloomberg is skipping Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina on his campaign tour. Iowa sends only 56 delegates to the DNC, a relatively low number and only 1 percent of the entire delegate pool. In an interview on Monday in Compton, Calif., Bloomberg was blunt about how his campaign strategy differs from his Democrat rivals.
“It’s much more efficient to go to the big states, to go to the swing states,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “The others chose to compete in the first four. And nobody makes them do it, they wanted to do it. I think part of it is because the conventional wisdom is ‘Oh you can’t possibly win without them.’”
Later, he added: “Those are old rules.”
Media coverage in the first four states is a big draw for presidential candidates. It has the potential to propel a candidate with renewed support or cast a shadow of doubt on their electability. With results not expected until later this evening though, and news stations across the country on standby, the expected payoff is slipping away. Bloomberg’s unprecedented route to the Democratic nomination may prove more advantageous than previously thought. — Brooke Fowler, Chicago Tribune and the New York Times
11:30 a.m.: Iowa Democrats say ‘majority’ of results expected by 4 p.m.
In a phone call with the campaigns, the Iowa Democratic Party said will "release the majority” of the caucus results at 4 p.m. Central time.
It’s not clear how much of a majority — 51% vs. 99% — the party is yet planning to release at that time and the Iowa party chairman would not answer questions from frustrated campaigns about when the final total would be released.
The release of results will come just a few hours before President Donald Trump takes the podium in the House of Representatives back in Washington to deliver his State of the Union. —Charles J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press
If you’re a Democrat who went out to knock doors or deliver candidate literature on cold, snowy, dark Iowa days, the state party bungling election results could rightfully anger you.
The Republican president using the state party’s bad night to dunk on Democrats the morning of his State of the Union address? That’s coarse kosher salt in the wound.
The president took to Twitter Tuesday to gloat over the opposition party’s seeming incompetence. The Iowa Democratic Party has said they will release caucus results at some point Tuesday, blaming “coding issue in the reporting system” that it said has since fixed.
Amid amplified calls to end the Iowa caucus system, or at least take away their “first” status, the president expressed his support for keeping things the way they are. —Charles J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
In a statement early Tuesday, the Iowa Democratic Party blamed a “coding issue in the reporting system” that it said has since been fixed. State party officials said “our plan is to release results as soon as possible” later Tuesday. It said it had verified the accuracy of the collected data and said the problem was not a result of “a hack or an intrusion."
The statement came after tens of thousands of voters spent hours Monday night sorting through a field of nearly a dozen candidates who had spent much of the previous year fighting to win the opening contest of the 2020 campaign and, ultimately, the opportunity to take on President Donald Trump this fall.
Des Moines County Democratic Chair Tom Courtney said the new app created “a mess.” As a result, Courtney said precinct leaders were phoning in results to the state party headquarters, which was too busy to answer their calls in some cases.
Democrats now face the possibility that the accuracy of whatever numbers they ultimately release will be questioned.
The candidates didn’t wait for the party to resolve its issues before claiming, if not victory, progress and moving on to next-up New Hampshire.
The embarrassment of the failed tallies has tossed kerosene on the fire surrounding the caucuses, which require voters to show up at a prescribed time and location and vote publicly, rather than behind a curtain with a secret ballot. Iowa is far more white than both the Democratic Party electorate and the country as a whole, very rural and much older. Those with inflexible schedules or mobility issues often cannot attend. Detractors say it’s not representative and should not have an outsized influence in picking presidential nominees as the first contest in the country. —Associated Press and Charles J. Johnson, Chicago Tribune
1:15 a.m.: Caucus results to be released Tuesday, Iowa Dems say
The Iowa Democratic Party says it expects to release data from the Iowa caucuses later Tuesday.
Chairman Troy Price says the party is manually verifying its data against paper backups but says systems are taking “longer than expected.” He said the delays were the result of a reporting issue, not a hack or intrusion.
Price addressed reporters shortly after the party updated presidential campaigns about the status of the delayed results in the kickoff caucuses. He did not take any questions in the call with reporters.
Even without official results, some candidates have tried to declare victory and claim momentum based on their own internal data. The Associated Press has not called a winner of Monday’s caucuses. — Associated Press
12:55 a.m.: Democratic officials cite redundancies in vote totals
The Iowa Democratic Party has told the presidential campaigns in a late-night phone call that voting results from the first-in-the-nation caucuses are delayed because there are “redundancies in the results."
An aide to Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign tells The Associated Press early Tuesday that party officials are hand-checking the results. The aide says the party said it expected to release caucus results later Tuesday.
It’s the second call party officials have held with the campaigns to try to explain why results from the crucial kick-off caucus were not being reported. Officials said earlier that there were “inconsistencies” in some reporting.
The aide spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity early Tuesday to describe a private call.
Even without official results, some candidates tried to declare victory and claim momentum based on their own internal data. The Associated Press has not called a winner of Monday’s caucuses. — Will Weissert, Associated Press
12:35 a.m.: Iowa Dems hold 2nd late call with campaigns
The Iowa Democratic Party is holding a late-night call with the presidential campaigns about the delay in reporting caucus results, according to officials from two of the campaigns.
It’s the second call party officials have held with the campaigns to try to explain why results from the crucial kick-off caucus were not being reported. Officials said earlier that there were “inconsistencies” in some reporting.
The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity early Tuesday to describe a private call.
Even without official results, some candidates tried to declare victory and claim momentum based on their own internal data. The AP has not called a winner of Monday’s caucuses. — Julie Pace, AP Washington bureau chief
11:55 p.m.: Caucus organizers had just hours to test new app
Organizers running precincts for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses didn’t get to test the mobile app they were to use to report results until just hours before voting began.
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.
As of late Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party had yet to report any results, saying they have been delayed because of “inconsistencies” in the count.
An Iowa Democratic Party manual had told caucus organizers that the app was the "preferred method" for reporting results. It listed a single phone number for those who chose to call them in from the 1,678 statewide precincts.
The manual laid out how the app would work: Organizers would log into the app using a PIN listed on their Caucus Math Worksheet when they called the meeting to order. They would enter the number of participants and the app would calculate the "viability threshold" for the site.
Organizers would then use the app to report the results of the first and final alignments, and the app would calculate the number of delegates each campaign won. Lastly, they would take a photo of the Caucus Math Worksheet with the written results as a backup. — Associated Press
11:40 p.m.: Pete Buttigieg declares victory amid delay
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is declaring victory in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses, even though no official results have been reported.
Speaking to supporters late Monday in Des Moines, the Democratic presidential candidate says, “By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
He adds: “Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality.”
The Iowa Democratic Party has yet to report any results, saying they have been delayed because of “inconsistencies” in the count.
Buttigieg acknowledged the confusion in his speech, saying, “We don't know all the results." He added that still, "Iowa, you have shocked the nation.”
Polls going into Iowa’s caucuses had showed Buttigieg among the front-runners, along with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. — Associated Press
11:30 p.m.: Warren campaign manager calls delays ‘a mess’
The campaign manager for Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is calling delays in the Iowa caucus results “a mess” and says that “every second that passes sort of undermines the process a little bit.”
Roger Lau told reporters at Warren's watch party in Des Moines late Monday that the campaign had seen very little official data. But he said based on the campaign's own internal figures, it sees a three-way jumble at the top with Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. He says their internal numbers show Joe Biden “a distant fourth.”
Lau says that he wasn't on the call the state party had with all the campaigns but that a representative from Warren's campaign was.
Iowa Democratic officials said results in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses were delayed because of unspecified “quality checks." They called the problem a “reporting issue."
Lau also said that he didn't know if there would be further calls or updates, saying only, “I hope so.”
“We’re happy getting out of Iowa and with a ticket to New Hampshire,” Lao said. — Associated Press
11:20 p.m.: Precinct chair says voting app had problems
An Iowa precinct chairwoman says she did not use the new app created for caucus organizers to report results because organizers had problems trying to download and test it.
"We came to a consensus not to use it," said Ruth Thompson, who chaired a precinct at Lincoln High School in Des Moines.
Results in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucus were delayed Monday night because of unspecified “quality checks," Iowa Democratic officials said. They called the problem a “reporting issue."
Thompson said that she also did not try to report her site's results over the phone after hearing reports of long delays in answering the line at state headquarters. Instead, veteran caucusgoers at her site used calculators to compute the delegate allocation and then texted a photo of the result to Polk County Democratic Party officials, who drove it to state party headquarters.
Thompson said the delays in results were unfortunate because the process went "remarkably smoothly" in other ways. She said that her precinct, with a turnout of 385 people, had a much larger space and finished two hours earlier than 2016.
“It was much less contentious in the room, and I feel really good about the way things went,” Thompson said. — Associated Press
11:05 p.m.: Elections expert says new technology ‘risky’ close to election
An elections expert says deploying new technology so close to an election is “always a risky proposition” amid a delay in results from Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses.
Des Moines County Chair Tom Courtney said that in his county, an app created for caucus organizers to report results was “a mess” and organizers were instead having to call in results to the state party on Monday night.
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.
Lawrence Norden, elections expert with The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, said that was akin to a major retailer using new cash registers for the first time on Black Friday.
“To roll out a new technology without really testing it and making it available as early as possible and giving folks the opportunity to challenge it and work out all the bugs is a high-stakes decision which I think is proving to be problematic today,” Norden said.
Norden said party officials were wise to slow down the reporting to ensure accurate results, given concerns of another round of election interference by Russia or other hostile governments seeking to undermine U.S. democracy. — Associated Press
10:50 p.m.: Joe Biden declares success despite results delay
Joe Biden is declaring success in Iowa's first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses despite results not yet being released by the state Democratic Party.
"We feel good about where we are, so it's onto New Hampshire," Biden said Monday night, adding that he'd "walk out of here with our share of delegates."
The Iowa Democratic Party says the caucus results have been delayed because of unspecified “quality checks.” They say, however, that the problem is a “reporting issue,” not a “hack or an intrusion.”
Biden has said he didn't have to win Iowa to win the nomination, but he wanted to avoid a bad showing.
Several donors attending his Des Moines watch party said they want to see Biden finish in the top three in Iowa to boost confidence going forward as the race moves to more diverse states where Biden is expected to be stronger.
For his part, Biden stuck to his usual argument, making President Donald Trump his target. “Each of us knows, deep in our bones, that everything this nation stands for is at stake,” Biden said. — Associated Press
10:45 p.m.: Elizabeth Warren says Iowa caucus is ‘too close to call’
Elizabeth Warren says the results of the Iowa caucus are “too close to call” and instead used much of a speech at her caucus party to criticize President Donald Trump.
The Massachusetts senator told hundreds who gathered to cheer her on in downtown Des Moines on Monday night: “We don’t know all the results tonight, but tonight has already shown that Americans have a hunger for big structural change.”
Her White House bid calls for fundamentally remaking the nation’s economic and political system.
Warren said, “A president’s values matters and the only thing Donald Trump values is Donald Trump.” She said the president believes “government is a tool to enrich himself and his corrupt buddies at everyone else's expense.”
She said: "If you can imagine an America where people, not money, come first, then this campaign is for you."
Although the Iowa results aren't yet clear, she added: “Tonight we are one step closer to winning the fight for the America we believe is possible.”
The Iowa Democratic Party says the caucus results have been delayed because of unspecified “quality checks.” — Associated Press
10:40 p.m.: Amy Klobuchar appears on stage amid delays
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the first Democratic presidential candidate to address the delayed Iowa caucus results, saying, “We know one thing: we are punching above our weight."
The Iowa Democratic Party says the caucus results have been delayed because of unspecified “quality checks.” They say, however, that the problem is a “reporting issue,” not a "hack or an intrusion."
Klobuchar appeared on stage late Monday as the hours ticked by without any vote totals being reported from Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses.
The senator built her campaign around a strong performance in Iowa. While the results are unknown, she says, “We are bringing this ticket to New Hampshire.” — Associated Press
10:30 p.m.: Iowa Dems say delay is result of ‘reporting issue’ and not because of ‘hack or an intrusion’
The Iowa Democratic Party says the delay in reporting caucus votes is the result of a “reporting issue” and not because of a “hack or an intrusion.”
Communications director Mandy McClure said Monday night that the party “found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.”
She says the party is using photos of the results and a paper trail to “validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report."
She says: “The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results."
It was not immediately clear how long it would take the state party to produce results. Iowa holds the nation’s first presidential voting contest. — Associated Press
10:20 p.m.: Iowa Dems hold emergency meeting with campaigns
Iowa Democratic Party officials are holding a phone call with campaigns amid delays in reporting caucus results.
People familiar with the decision spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to describe the private call.
The Iowa Democratic Party said earlier Monday night that it was experiencing a delay in reporting results from the first-in-the nation caucuses because of unspecified “quality checks.”
Communications director Mandy McClure said in a statement Monday night that the delay is also the result of the party reporting three sets of data for the first time.
McClure says the party has data so far from “around 25%” of the state’s 1,765 precincts and “and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016." — Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press
10:03 p.m.: Democrats conduct ‘quality checks,’ struggle with new reporting process
The Iowa caucus results were delayed late Monday as the state’s Democratic Party said it was conducting “quality checks” amid a new reporting system.
In a statement, the Iowa Democratic Party noted it is reporting three sets of results — the total number of people who entered the caucuses, the realignment after candidates are deemed viable and the number of delegates awarded to each campaign.
“The integrity of the results is paramount,” the party said in a statement. “We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the (party) is reporting out three data sets for the first time.”
At this point four years ago, more than 80 percent of the results had been tallied, according to media reports.
The delay frustrated campaigns as Iowa embarked on its first-in-the-nation tradition of picking presidential candidates, with clear divisions along the lines of ideology and age affecting their choices. Read more here. — Bill Ruthhart and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune
9:47 p.m.: Results slow to come in
The results from the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses were slow to come in Monday night.
The reasons for the delays were unclear. The Iowa Democratic Party would not comment on what was slowing down reporting from caucus precincts around the state.
Des Moines County Chair Tom Courtney said technology issues appeared to be contributing to the delay. Courtney said that in his county, an app created for caucus organizers to report results was “a mess” and organizers were instead having to call in results to the state party. — Associated Press
9:29 p.m.: Caucusgoer weighs Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, votes for Pete Buttigieg
The minutes kept ticking by, and Bryan Pollpeter just couldn't decide.
In the first round Pollpeter was undecided, and as the deadline neared in the second and final round, he stood near the doors at the Hoover High School gym in north Des Moines and looked a bit desperate.
"I like them all, but I'm kind of swinging between Amy and Bernie," he said, referring to Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who run the political spectrum from moderate to democratic socialist.
Pollpeter, a worker at the Des Moines Water Works, acknowledges they have different views, but he found both engaging.
Ultimately, though, he was persuaded to join with Pete Buttigieg. "I was standing over by the Amy people, but no one talked to me," he said. “A Pete woman came over so I said, well, OK, I'll go with Pete.”
He added, “I just want to beat Trump.” — Associated Press
9 p.m.: A look at early entrance polls
Early entrance polls conducted for the national news networks showed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with support of caucusgoers who described themselves as “very liberal” as well as those age 29 and under. Each of those groups represented about a quarter of attendees.
Among those 65 and older — about a third of those attending — showed a preference for former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, early results from the Edison Research survey showed. Buttigieg, 38, billed himself as an agent for generational change and showed some strength among younger voters as well.
Electability proved to be a major motivator for caucusgoers, with two-thirds preferring a candidate who could defeat President Donald Trump rather than just a contender with whom they agree. Read more here. — Bill Ruthhart and Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune
8:59 p.m.: Lines, some delays signal strong turnout
Lines of people snaked out the door and down the block waiting to enter an Iowa caucus site Monday, among the early signs of strong turnout as Democrats begin choosing a nominee to take on President Donald Trump.
The start of a caucus in downtown Iowa City had to be delayed by more than an hour as hundreds of people were still waiting to check in or register to vote. Inside the Englert Theatre near the University of Iowa, 500 first-floor seats were mostly full and organizers were opening an additional 200 seats in the balcony.
In Polk County, Iowa's largest county and home to the capital city, Des Moines, Democratic county party chairman Sean Bagniewski said the party had printed tens of thousands of extra voter registration forms but some precincts were running out.
“We're making copies and deliveries to get them covered, but this caucus is gonna be the big one,” Bagniewski tweeted. He also said a caucus site in central Des Moines reported 1,080 participants, more than double the 440 who turned out in that precinct in 2016.
It's too soon to tell what final turnout numbers will be, though some party officials and campaigns were expecting far more people to participate than four years ago, due to Democrats' enthusiasm to replace Trump.
About 170,000 turned out in 2016. The high-water mark for the contest was the 2008 Iowa Democratic caucuses, when nearly 240,000 participated and Barack Obama defeated Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley. — Ryan J. Foley and Sara Burnett, Associated Press
8:15 p.m.: Michael Bennett skips Iowa caucuses to campaign in New Hampshire
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet is spending the Iowa caucuses with New Hampshire voters — including one AARP volunteer he joked has been to more than 40 of his events.
The Colorado senator skipped out on Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses Monday to hold his 47th town hall in New Hampshire. He says he’s hoping to finish in the top 3 in the state’s Feb. 11 primary. That’s a long shot based on polling that shows he isn’t breaking through despite spending more time in the state than his rivals.
He says he prides himself on never being late to an event - until Monday. Plane delays from Washington, where he was participating in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, left his town hall attendees watching 15 minutes' worth of Bennet video clips before he arrived.
Bennet says he’s hoping to appeal to undecided New Hampshire voters who don’t believe the leading candidates can beat Trump.
He’s not shy about taking on his more progressive, and more popular, rivals. He’s contrasting his views with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in particularly by outlining his opposition to “Medicare for All” and saying Sanders’ spending proposals are unrealistic. — Associated Press
8:07 p.m.: Iowa Dems split on best challenger for Trump
Iowa Democrats are fiercely united by the goal of unseating President Donald Trump, but they were sharply divided Monday over which candidate was best equipped to do so, according to the AP VoteCast survey.
As the first of the nation’s presidential contests, Iowa has played a historic role in gauging which Democrats are the most competitive frontrunners. The results from AP VoteCast show how difficult it can be to join together an increasingly diverse coalition of voters whose common cause rests on their fury with the president.
Fully 88% said electability was very important for the Democratic nominee, compared to the 65% who said having the best policy ideas is highly important.
“Hey, everybody, if you want to beat Trump, come over to (Joe) Biden’s camp,” yelled Jeff Erickson, a retired postal worker, as people filed into Hoover High School in Des Moines.
Yet many of the Democratic presidential candidates have possible weaknesses when challenging Trump. Just over 4 in 10 Iowa voters said it would be harder for a woman to unseat the president. Almost 6 in 10 said a gay candidate would have more difficulty defeating Trump, a potential risk for former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Roughly the same share said a nominee with “strongly liberal views” would also face a harder time, while close to half said a nominee older than 75 — former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — would have a tougher time versus Trump.
Nearly two-thirds said it was more important for them to vote for a candidate who will fundamentally change how the political system works, compared with one who will restore Washington to the way it was before Trump’s inauguration. — Josh Boak and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press
8 p.m.: Elizabeth Warren makes appearance at Iowa caucus site
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is visiting a caucus site in Des Moines as voting gets underway in the nation's leadoff voting state.
The Massachusetts senator addressed hundreds of caucusgoers Monday night at a high school gymnasium. She sought to promote a message of unity, saying, “I’m someone who treats all of our Democrats with respect.”
She says the party should nominate a candidate whose campaign organization is as strong nationally as hers is in leadoff Iowa. She added: “I’ve got a great national organization.”
Many of her supporters wore green, the signature color of the Massachusetts senator’s campaign. They chanted, “Warren! Warren!” People caucusing for other candidates also applauded, but a large group of supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders responded, “Bernie beats Trump!” — Associated Press
7:50 p.m.: Party says app mishap won’t hinder Iowa caucuses
Iowa Democratic Party officials say an early issue with a mobile app designed to report results will not hinder the Iowa caucus process.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price said Monday that there were some reports from precinct officials that they couldn’t log into the app during the first-in-the-nation caucuses.
He said a team of troubleshooters is working to address any technical issues.
He added that the party has alternate ways for precincts to send in results, including a hotline.
“We’ve had an app before, but we’ve also had a hotline before, and folks have had the option to do that, and so we expect that we’ll be able to report the results in a timely manner this evening,” he said.
The app was designed to allow for the quick filing of results, and the issue appears to be the result of different PINs used for early testing and caucus night logins. — Associated Press
7:50 p.m.: New rules in Iowa
With new rules in Iowa, we’ll have more numbers than ever before, which also could lead to more confusion and spin from the campaigns on who wins. We break it down here. — Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune
7:35 p.m.: High turnout delays caucus at big Iowa precinct
Organizers at a large precinct in downtown Iowa City say the caucus may be delayed by an hour or longer as hundreds of people wait to register to vote or check in.
By 7:25 p.m., the 500 seats on the first floor of the Englert Theatre was mostly full and organizers opened up the balcony for more than 200 extra seats. Supporters of several campaigns sat in rows.
Many others who were in line by 7 p.m. were still outside waiting to check in, the lines snaking a block in both directions. The precinct is dominated by the University of Iowa campus and campaigns are vying for nine delegates here.
Iowa kicks off voting in the nation for the presidential race. It is the first contest to measure support for the Democratic candidates.
Voters are gathered at more than 1,700 sites throughout Iowa to declare support for their preferred candidate. They then will participate in “alignment,” which allows supporters of eliminated candidates to choose again. — Associated Press
7:25 p.m.: Trump wins Iowa Republican caucuses
President Donald Trump is the winner of the 2020 Iowa Republican caucuses, a largely symbolic vote as he was facing no significant opposition.
Still, Trump’s campaign was using Monday's contest to test its organizational strength, deploying Cabinet secretaries, top Republican officials and Trump family members to the state.
It’s unusual for Iowa to even be holding a GOP contest with an incumbent in the White House. The Iowa Republican caucuses were canceled in 1992 and 2004. But GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufman said state officials were determined to keep the caucuses in place this year to maintain the state’s status as the first in the nation to cast its ballots. — Associated Press
7:20 p.m.: Iowa Democratic voters seek fundamental change
The first voters to make their choice in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination are desperate for fundamental change to the political system.
Roughly two-thirds of Iowa caucusgoers said supporting a candidate who would transform how the system in Washington works was important to their vote, according to AP VoteCast, a wide-ranging survey of voters who said they planned to take part in Monday’s Democratic caucuses in Iowa.
The survey also found that two issues that have been front and center during the campaign were at the top of Iowa Democrats’ minds: health care and climate change. — Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press
5:46 p.m.: Iowa Democrats head to caucus locations
The first voters to make their choice in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination are heading to caucus locations across Iowa tonight, bringing possible new clarity to a field that still features nearly a dozen White House contenders vying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump.
In the hours before the evening caucuses, candidates gave last-minute pep talks and pitches, while hundreds of volunteers pressed on statewide. By day’s end, tens of thousands of Democrats were to have gathered at community centers, high school gyms and more than 1,600 other caucus locations in the premiere of more than 50 contests that will unfold over the next five months. The caucuses will render the first verdict on who is best positioned to take on Trump, whom Democratic voters are desperate to beat this fall.
The moment is thick with promise for a Democratic Party that has seized major gains in states since Trump won the White House in 2016. But instead of optimism, a cloud of uncertainty and deepening intraparty resentment hung over Monday’s election.
“I’m the one who can pull our party together,” Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told supporters on a telephone call, suggesting her rivals could not. “I’m the one who is going to pull us all in to give us the ideas that we can all run on. The one who says both inspiration and inclusiveness.”
“If anybody tells you they know who’s going to win, either they’ve got a whisper from God or they're loony because nobody knows,” said Deidre DeJear, who announced her support for Warren on Monday and was the first black woman to win a statewide primary in Iowa.
By midday Monday, a handful of satellite caucuses had already taken place — some thousands of miles away from Iowa. In Glasgow, Scotland, Sanders received the most support from the 19 caucus-goers who attended, while Warren came in second and Buttigieg came in third. No other candidates were viable.
But the precinct caucuses are a relatively small portion of the results — some 200,000 Iowans are expected to participate in the event. — Associated Press