Buttigieg, not Sanders seems to be winning the screwed Iowa primaries
Bernie Sanders follows shortly thereafter with 25.2 percent. There is a big gap to Elizabeth Warren, which would be supported by 18.4 percent of delegates. Joe Biden is 15.4 percent disappointing for him.
78-year-old Sanders is doing better than Buttigieg (38) in the popular vote, which means that more people voted for him. The electors are distributed through a district system, which means that, just as in the presidential elections, the ‘loser’ will soon have more votes than the winner.
Districts that still have to be counted are mainly in urban areas. That can be an advantage for Sanders, which is popular among students. For example, they feel drawn to Sander’s promise to cancel student debts.
It is ultimately about the number of delegates that a candidate gets behind him. And because Iowa mainly has a lot of non-urban areas, that probably works in Buttigieg’s favor.
Important condition, but not representative
Iowa is traditionally important in the primaries, as it is the first state to vote. As a result, there is extra media attention, which means that the winner can suddenly rise sharply in the polls, as it happened with Barack Obama in 2008.
There has been criticism for years about the fact that it is the turn of Iowa, because the state is not very representative of the rest of the US. The majority of the inhabitants are white, while the black supporters are often very important for a Democratic presidential candidate.
Due to problems with an app, the Democrats are far behind when counting votes. The result was actually expected in the night from Monday to Tuesday. It is not yet clear when the rest of the results will be announced.
President Troy Price of the Democratic Party in Iowa apologized for the delay just before the results were announced. He said the course of events was unacceptable, but he said it was important that all results were properly checked. He promises that all data is correct and says that it is not only digitally readable, but that the votes are also recorded on paper.