THE IOWA caucus disaster worsened Tuesday, as Democrats admitted they can only release half the results in the evening.
It was unclear if the final count would be announced in days or weeks, as a problem with a mobile app caused "inconsistencies" in the result numbers.
State party chairman Troy Price said Tuesday half the results would be released as of 5 p.m. EST — but did not answer when the final count would be done.
“We will continue to work through the process,” Price said on a call monitored by The Associated Press. “We want to get some results out there.”
The results issue was said to be part of a "coding issue in the reporting system" that has since reportedly been fixed.
Collected data was verified and the issue was not caused by “a hack or an intrusion," the party said.
Amid the counting chaos, more than one candidate claimed victory Monday.
"Incredible night, incredible result, and such phenomenal energy here. We are headed to New Hampshire victorious," Buttigieg said as part of a confusing speech to supporters Monday.
"We don't know all of the results. But we do know that by the time it's all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation," he said.
"Tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality."
Bernie Sanders' campaign claimed they had results at 40 percent of precincts — and they showed Sanders in first place, beating Buttigieg.
Elizabeth Warren said it was “too close to call”.
Bernie Sanders had been tipped to surge ahead of his three main rivals – former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The chaos has raised questions as to how people can be expected to trust the Democratic party to run a country if they can't successfully run the caucus.
Some candidates were even skeptical of the final results.
Joe Biden slammed the Iowa Democrat party's "acute failures" which forced candidates to take the stage just before midnight with no official results.
His campaign lawyer wrote to party chairman Price and executive director Kevin Geiken demanding a "full explanation".
He warned the results "cannot be trusted" when they eventually emerge from the 1,600 precincts.
President Donald Trump dropped in his two cents on the issue in an early tweet Tuesday.
"The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran that Country. Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that. The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is "Trump".
Other Trump supporters questioned the abilities of the Democratic party following the disarray.
"Seriously; If Democrats cannot manage a simple caucus in Iowa, how can we possibly trust them to run America?" one user questioned.
Others, however, supported the system amid the chaos
"Am I the only one happy Iowa Caucus organizers abided by any potential election security issues and is doing what you do in any such election with an accurate paper trail, careful count? We want to trust our elections, even amid snafus. They did the right thing," one user wrote.
Several county chairs said they had struggled to use the app and were then put on hold for up to an hour when calling the results hotline the party has used for decades.
The app was created by tech firm Shadow – which is run by former staffers on Hillary Clinton's campaign, reports the New York Times.
Caucusing around the state started at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time Monday
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