Just when the Iowa caucus disaster could not get any more disastrous, the Associated Press has now announced it is unable to declare a winner from Monday night.
“With 97% of precincts reporting from Monday’s caucuses, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by three state delegate equivalents out of 2,098 counted,” reported the AP on Thursday. “That is a margin of 0.14 percentage points.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press is unable to declare a winner in Iowa’s 2020 Democratic caucuses
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) February 6, 2020
“Further, the party has yet to report results from some satellite caucus sites, from which there are still an unknown number of state delegate equivalents to be won,” the report later added. “The AP will continue to report and review the results from the Iowa Democratic Party as it completes its tabulation, as well as the results of any potential recanvass or recount.”
Sally Buzbee, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor, said that there can be no clear indication of a winner as Sanders and Buttigieg stand so neck-in-neck.
“The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year’s caucus process, it is not possible to determine a winner at this point,” said Buzbee. (Read more from “News Outlet Unable to Declare Winner in Iowa Caucus” HERE)