Microsoft hears complaints about Iowa results websites

Microsoft hears complaints about Iowa results websites
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The official webpages for the public to check the results of the Iowa caucuses became inaccessible at some points Monday night amid heavy interest.  

The page listing the Republican results had the most trouble, including during the 10 p.m. EST hour — a time when many networks projected Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzProspects for Trump gun deal grow dimmer Ted Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report 2020 Democrats call for Kavanaugh to be impeached MORE to be the winner. Both the Democratic and Republican results pages were working fine Tuesday morning. 

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The websites were run by Microsoft and its partner, Interknowlogy, which also provided an app for precinct officials to report their caucus results to party headquarters. 

The Iowa Republican Party said the reporting app itself had no problems in relaying the vote counts to headquarters. On the internal side, the party said, the “app ran flawlessly.”

“The reporting apps worked without issue, allowing both the Iowa Republicans and Democrats to report results quickly, accurately, and securely,” Microsoft said in a statement that also acknowledged the spotty performance of the results page.

The Democratic race resulted in a near tie. With all 1,683 precincts reporting, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Hillary Clinton: Voter suppression has led to 'crisis in democracy' in the US MORE held a narrow 0.2 percent lead over Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE. Neither campaign, nor the Iowa Democratic Party, responded when asked if they had any criticism of the reporting technology. 

It will take time for both parties to actually certify the results. 

The spotty public GOP results page brought in occasional social media criticism Monday night. And a number of sites dedicated to testing whether a webpage is down for all users confirmed that the problem was widespread.

The public, however, had many other options to find results. Nearly every major news outlet and cable network had their own results pages. And a number of social media and tech companies listed the results as well.

This report was updated at 11:53 a.m.