Editor's Note: "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" Is An Old Gambling Phrase Used To Celebrate A Victory, However The AP Is Still Unable To Declare A Winner In The Iowa Caucuses.
The Associated Press said Thursday that it is unable to declare a winner in Iowa's Democratic caucuses after irregularities and inconsistencies marred the results.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the first-in-the-nation caucus state by just 1/10th of a percentage point. Both candidates have declared victory in the caucuses, with Sanders becoming the latest to do so on Thursday.
“The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year’s caucus process, it is not possible to determine a winner at this point,” said Sally Buzbee, the AP’s senior vice president and executive editor, according to the news outlet.
The full caucus results have been delayed for days following reporting irregularities and technical difficulties with an app used by caucus officials to send tallies to the state party in Des Moines.