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

Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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 SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men 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 TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life 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.