The first nominating event in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest is officially underway. Democratic voters and activists in the Hawkeye State are meeting in school gymnasiums and cafeterias to express their support for a bevy of presidential candidates, from Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden to Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg to Amy Klobuchar and Andrew Yang.
The Iowa Democratic Party has still not yet released any official results (to the annoyance of the mass media), but social media is full of unofficial reports from journalists and participants reporting on their experience at their caucus site.
Here are some of the unofficial reports we’ve seen:
Iowa City #1 2nd realignment official
Warren 247⁄4 delegates
Sanders 140⁄3 delegates
Klobuchar 146/ delegates
Buttigieg 110⁄2 delegates
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) February 4, 2020
First round at Grinnell college. @berniesanders 45.7%, @ewarren 29.3% @PeteButtigieg 8.3%, @AndrewYang 7.4%, @JoeBiden 3.4%. Just one of 1600 precincts and not representative of state… but underscores college students overwhelming for Sanders. #IowaCaucuses
— David Shuster (@DavidShuster) February 4, 2020
In a mostly Latino caucus site with 185 voters, @berniesanders wins 94% of the vote! Here’s the Sanders precinct captain going through the process of selecting the 9 delegates for the campaign they have earned with the big win. ¡Sí se puede! #NotMeUs #UnidosConBernie pic.twitter.com/7zYw9zqs8P
— Ash Kalra (@Ash_Kalra) February 4, 2020
Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg are the favorites of Democrats attending the #IowaCaucuses for the first time Monday night, according to the @NBCNews Entrance Poll. https://t.co/YVn5ULNfXG pic.twitter.com/hYKFlmoOb2
— Evan Rosenfeld (@Evan_Rosenfeld) February 4, 2020
WATCH: The Iowa Democratic Party says #IowaCaucuses results are coming in slowly because of “quality control.” @MauraBarrettNBC reports: There were some issues with downloading the reporting app in the lead-up to the caucuses. pic.twitter.com/skTpbJeFwz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 4, 2020
At the caucus I was just streaming from in Polk County Des Moines, Sanders took 47% of the vote and 5 delegates. Pete was number two followed by Biden. All others were unviable. #IowaCaucuses #IACaucus #BernieSanders2020
— Lefty-Desiree McLeftyFace Slaps back w/ Milkshakes (@TinaDesireeBerg) February 4, 2020
#IowaCaucuses in Iowa City district 6 with 1st alignment results:
— Jessica Andino, MPH (@JessAndinoMPH) February 4, 2020
Final realignment for Ames precinct 3 #IowaCaucuses
Bernie 168 (4 delegates)
Warren 52 (1 delegate)
Pete 53 (1 delegate)
Every other candidate not viable.
— Justin Conover (@ConJUSTover) February 4, 2020
UNOFFICIAL from Iowa City 11 Voxman Bldg. Total is ~10 short of official total. #IowaCaucuses
Sanders 263 46%
Warren 127 22%
Buttigeig 65 11%
Yang 59 10%
Klobuchar 24 4%
Biden 21 4%
Booker 4 1%
Undecided 2 0%
Patrick 1 0%
— Kyle Easterly (@kyleeasterly) February 4, 2020
Precinct 57 final count
— Luke Stadtler (@luke_stadtler) February 4, 2020
When an Iowa caucus delegate count gets too close to call — get a coin. That’s what happened at a rural precinct in Iowa Falls on Monday evening during a tight caucus count between Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
Sixty-two people were in attendance, according to Sara Baranowski, editor of the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen. The viability threshold to obtain delegates in that location was 10.
Klobuchar of Minnesota took an early lead with 19 supporters as her rivals struggled to keep pace. But Warren of Massachusetts was able collect 19 supporters of her own.
Klobuchar won the coin toss to win four delegates, while Warren got three, along with former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — despite him having five fewer supporters. Former Vice President Joe Biden earned the remaining two.
Another coin toss was necessary for a delegate in Ocheyedan. Klobuchar was again a winner. Although Pete Buttigieg edged out Klobuchar in a third coin toss.
- Phillip Bailey
Once the Iowa Democratic Party gets its act together and starts releasing numbers, we will update this post with our assessment of the results.