We’re well over two hours into the Iowa caucuses and have not received any official results from the state party. For comparison sakes, in 2016 we had the majority of results in by now. In 2008, the highest turnout in history, the press was just about to declare Obama the winner at this point.
It’s weird. The state party is saying that they are taking the extra time to do “quality control” on the results, which makes sense considering the barely healed wounds over the way the party counted votes in the Hillary-Sanders caucus four years ago. But...they haven’t been transparent about what measures they are taking. CNN is now asking if something is wrong, a sentiment I’ve also seen expressed on Twitter.
Until I get some real data, all I know is the scattered results I’ve been seeing from people on the ground at individual caucus sites. From what I’ve gathered: Sanders and Buttigeg (especially) are performing quite well, and Biden is not. Again, though, there are over 1600 caucus sites in Iowa, and scattered results handwritten on pieces of paper don’t say much.
Results should come in any minute now, or things are going to get seriously weird. Until then, I’ll be watching cable news hosts attempt to fill time, a truly horrible experience for all involved. Stay tuned.