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President Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale called it the "sloppiest train wreck in history." The Iowa Democratic Party chair Troy Price said just after 2 a.m. ET  that results will be provided "later today," although he did not specify what time.Price said he wanted to emphasize this is a "reporting issue, not a hack" and "this is why we have a paper trail." Price said they are "validating every piece of data against our paper trail" and they are updating the campaigns. The chair of Democratic Party in Polk County, the largest county by population in Iowa, said the lack of results was "bittersweet."  "We had a good night, our volunteers worked their hearts out, but now, who knows?" said Sena Bagniewski.Bagniewski said there was strong turnout and the caucuses were well-organized in Polk County, which includes the state capital, Des Moines. — Ed O'Keefe   As the Iowa Democratic Party worked to validate the results from the state's 1,678 precincts, Pete Buttigieg's campaign shared what it said are results from specific precincts across the state.Ben Halle, the Iowa communications director for the former South Bend mayor, posted on Twitter what he claimed were caucus math worksheets from more than  a dozen precincts that Halle said he won.UPDATE: @PeteButtigieg won this precinct in Cedar County –– a county that swung from Obama to Trump by 23 points in 2016. "We don't know all the results, but we know that by the time it's all said and done, Iowa you have shocked the nation." In fact, no results at all had posted on the Iowa Democratic Party website when Buttigieg made his speech, and they have still not posted because of problems the IDP had with "inconsistencies" in the reporting of the caucus results.Buttigieg has been pitching  himself to voters as a candidate who can pull in moderates and "what we like to call future former Republicans," and unite the country against President Trump in November. "Iowa, you have proved those skeptics wrong," he said.President Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement late Monday slamming the Democratic party for the delayed Iowa caucus results."Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation with the sloppiest train wreck in history," Parscale said. What we know right now is that around 25% of precincts have reported, and early data indicates turnout is on pace for 2016."The IDP had said it would offer more transparency this year than in prior years, disclosing first-preference results, the final alignment of the caucus-goers and the projected number of state party convention delegates candidates will get, based on the precinct caucus results.The Democratic National Committee explained to CBS News that "quality control" means that party officials are combing through the reported data for discrepancies that could be related to human error. Their second job, she added, is to "elect Democrats up and down the ballot.""2020 is our moment in history, our moment to make this the America of our best values, our moment for keeping promises, our moment to dream big, fight hard and win," she told caucus-goers." — Zak Hudak and Melissa QuinnWhile the rest of the field is in Iowa Mike Bloomberg spent the day traveling throughout California, telling voters he plans to put significant resources on the ground — including 800 paid and part-time staffers.The state offers the biggest delegate prize of the Super Tuesday states.Still, Bloomberg told CBS News, "there's nothing magical about California and the first day of the Iowa caucus.""It just worked out in the schedule — there's no reason to have it on any one day. California is a very big state with a lot of delegates, so you'd obviously come here more," he told CBS News.Bloomberg said he isn't worried about Monday night's results in Iowa, and added that he is more interested in traveling the country and talking to voters, not just in the Super Tuesday states, but also in the key battleground states Democrats need to win back to defeat President Trump. CBS News estimates a four-way race between Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for initial preference.The majority of Iowa caucus-goers said they would rather see the Democratic Party nominate a candidate who can beat Donald Trump (61%) as opposed to a candidate who agrees with them on major issues. They told CBS News' Janet Shamlian that each will caucus for a Democrat in Iowa."I think all of them can beat Donald Trump," said 33-year-old Walsh-Rosmann.She's a mother of two who thinks Elizabeth Warren can revitalize farm country."I want to make sure that people my age and peers are coming back and they have a reason to come back to rural America," she said.Henning, 72, has only decided she's not supporting Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders."My issues are their age, their health and their stamina," Henning said. That's half," Griffieon said.While all eyes are on the Democrats, top officials from Mr. Trump's re-election campaign are also in Iowa for the Republican caucuses.The president's two sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, joined Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and other surrogates for a press conference in West Des Moines, during which the group blasted the Democratic presidential candidates and highlighted Mr. Trump's accomplishments in his first three years in office.Trump Jr. was interrupted by a protester who said that since his father's election, there has been a spike in attacks on Jewish people in the U.S. The protester was escorted out of the event.Parscale told the audience he believes Bernie Sanders will "do well," while Trump Jr. suggested House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deliberately designed the impeachment proceedings to coincide with the runup to the Iowa caucuses, ensuring Sanders would be stuck in Washington for BIden's benefit.Meanwhile, Mr. Trump's oldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, took to social media to share memories from the 2016 Iowa caucuses. 🤣 🍔 🍟 🤣 pic.twitter.com/cS7lbQ5U9ROn caucus night, the Iowa Democratic Party will release three sets of results: the popular vote from the first alignment, the popular vote after the realignment, and the number of state delegate equivalents a candidate wins. It looks like a close contest heading in, and the top candidates are all poised to win national delegates.To show what could happen — and more importantly, why — we continued interviewing likely caucus-goers this week for their first- and second-choice preferences in our polling, then combined it with data on Iowa voters generally, and how the caucus system works across the state's counties and districts.Monday dawns with Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden even in first-choice support at 25% each in our baseline model, Pete Buttigieg very close behind at 21%, and Elizabeth Warren at 16%, also in position to accrue some national delegates.

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