Buttigieg says Iowa 'shocked the nation' in caucus night speech

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE said Iowa "had shocked the nation" in a caucus night address that sounded like a victory speech despite the lack of results in a nominating contest riddled with reporting inconsistencies. 

“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., said. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.” 

The speech came amid confusion over the Democratic caucuses after the state party admitted there were inconsistencies in precincts’ tally reports. 

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“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said state party spokeswoman Mandy McClure. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

Buttigieg came on to give his speech after several other candidates had already offered their own version of what happened Monday night.

The Indiana Democrat, a top-tier moderate in the primary field, maintained that his centrist campaign was best suited to go the distance over a progressive campaign like those of Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.).

“We brought together an extraordinary coalition of Americans, progressives, moderates … and future former Republicans. And that’s how we’re going to win in November, because it’s about adding people to our cause, adding to our majority,” he said. 

“We have exactly one shot to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE. We’re not going to do it by overreaching, we’re not going to do it by dividing, we’re not going to do it by saying ‘it’s my way or the highway,’ " he said.

The winner of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses is not expected to be revealed until later Tuesday, raising the question of whether the chaos will blunt the impact of the nominating contest.