The fog gradually clears over the Iowa area codes. The US state, which traditionally prepares the stage for the election year, stands for a counting debacle this time – but also for a big surprise.

Applicant Pete Buttigieg is in front of the first preselection of the US Democrats in the race for the presidential candidacy. The former mayor currently has 26.9 percent. The Iowa State Democratic Party, where the vote was held, has so far published the results from only 62 percent of the constituencies. In second place is left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders (25.1 percent), in third place Elizabeth Warren (18.3 percent). Former US Vice President Joe Biden, who is one of the favorites, is only fourth with 15.6 percent.

Further results would be published as soon as they are available, it is said. So when the final result of the area code in Iowa could be available is still open. Buttigieg already spoke of an “amazing victory”. This strengthens his belief “in our campaign, in our team and in our vision,” he said in New Hampshire, where the second Democratic primary will be held next week. A year ago, the 38-year-old – an avowed homosexual and former mayor of the city of South Bend, Indiana – was still largely unknown at the national level in the United States.

USA Iowa Des Moines |  Primaries Democratic Party  Supporter Pete Buttigieg (picture-alliance / Zuma Press / Sopa Images / M. Hatcher)Successful supporters: Pete Buttigieg’s campaign assistant in Iowa

Democrats and Republicans in Iowa had voted at hundreds of party rallies on Monday night (local time) about who they thought was the best presidential candidate for their party. It took the Democratic Party 21 hours to publish the first partial results. This – highly unusual – delay is due to technical problems. The party leader in Iowa, Troy Price, spoke of an “unacceptable” delay and apologized. When the overall result will be announced, he did not say. Price emphasized, however, that the published partial results were correct.

The first milestone

The Republicans react with undisguised ridicule to the debacle. US President Donald Trump won the vote in his party with an overwhelming majority, but as an incumbent, he has no serious competition within the party.

The decision in Iowa was not made at polling stations, but at “caucuses” – many hundreds of party meetings, some of which were very small. At these meetings across the state, Democrats and Republicans go through a complicated process to vote who they think is the best candidate for their party.

The area code in Iowa is particularly important. Voters only vote on 41 of the 3979 delegates who will ultimately nominate President Donald Trump’s challenger. However, because the primaries traditionally begin in Iowa, the rural state in the Midwest with just under 3.2 million inhabitants is of great importance: A good start can fuel the prospect of an applicant for the presidential candidacy – poor performance is difficult to make up for,


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