Several White House hopefuls are questioning the Iowa Democratic Party's decision to release a portion of the caucus results on Tuesday afternoon following Monday night's delay.
The state party chairman told the candidates' campaigns Tuesday that a “majority” of the caucus results will be released at 5 pm. ET.
Biden campaign adviser Jesse Harris objected to the partial release of caucus results, a Biden aide confirmed to The Hill.
"If you put out 50 percent of results, people are going to take that as final," Harris said. "That’s only half. That’s not the total picture [of] what happened yesterday."
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam White House faces increased cries from allies on Haitian migrants MORE (D-Mass.) has not been casting doubt on the results but reportedly said she didn't “understand” the party's decision to release a portion of the data Tuesday evening.
"I just don't understand what that means to release half of the data. I think they ought to get it together and release all of the data," Warren told reporters in New Hampshire.
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Pelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill top line higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war MORE (I-Vt.) told reporters Tuesday that the delay is disappointing but said that’s not a reason to question the accuracy of the results.
"I think we should all be disappointed in the inability of the party to come up with timely results, but we are not casting aspersions on the votes that are being counted," Sanders said. "There's no excuse for not having results last night, but that doesn’t mean to say the votes, that the totals, will be inaccurate. That's unfair."
NEW: I asked @BernieSanders if it was appropriate for the Biden campaign to raise questions about the results. He said that while it was disappointing that the results did not come in on time. Questioning their accuracy is “unfair”. pic.twitter.com/WoCApGTtwe— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) February 4, 2020
Sanders’s internal campaign data showed him leading the final count with 29.66 percent of the state’s delegates, senior adviser Jeff Weaver said on MSNBC.
Meanwhile, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE has been championing what he called a victory Monday night.
He gave a speech to supporters saying his campaign “shocked the nation.” Buttigieg on Tuesday defended his decision to make the speech, telling MSNBC he based it off internal campaign data.
A spokesperson for Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThis week: Democrats face mounting headaches Klobuchar: 'It is evil to make it deliberately hard for people to vote' Democrats push to shield election workers from violent threats MORE's (D-Minn.) campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.