If you woke up this morning expecting to find results from the Iowa caucus, prepare to be disappointed and confused. An issue with a new app that was created to help streamline the process of collecting and reporting votes resulted in mass delays as caucus leaders all over the state and the world tried to call in their results to a phone line that soon became overwhelmed, with some waiting hours on hold.
The technical issue with the app also appears to have resulted in some of the vote counts that were transmitted through it to be incorrect. The Iowa Democratic Party, therefore, says that they are taking extra care to double-check the results, resulting in further delays. At the time of this article’s publishing, 50 percent of the results are expected to be released by 5 pm ET.
#IowaCaucas - 14 HOURS LATER— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) February 4, 2020
We still only have less than 2% of results
Normally, candidates use this first caucus in their race to the nomination for president to drum up excitement for their campaigns and make valiant speeches on prime time television. This year, their speeches were late and overshadowed by the news of the malfunctioning app and delays in any official results. In the case of Mayor Pete Buttigieg (“Mayor Cheat”), people were confused by what seemed like declarations of victory when there were literally zero official results reported.
As confusion mounted and reporters grew increasingly desperate to fill air time while the results counter stayed at zero percent, the only way the public knew how to cope with the disaster was, of course, with memes.
Congratulations to the Caucus City Chiefs and the great state of Illinois! https://t.co/kw6wKzwnIM— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 4, 2020
ME:"An Iowa caucus victory?— unforgetable luncheon sweetie (@Glennfinito) February 4, 2020
At this time of year?
at this time of day?
in this part of the country?
Localized entirely within the app that you own?"
ME:"May I see it`"
In another bizarre twist of fate, the Iowa Caucus has been quarantined, due to a rare case of moronovirus.— In Pursuit of Truth (@IPOT1776) February 4, 2020
This is how they should settle the Iowa Caucus pic.twitter.com/gZsf6H5MLL— 🌑 (@Kofie) February 4, 2020
BREAKING: Putin says he will release the results of the Iowa caucus in exchange for some real estate in Ukraine.— Sergio Siano (@SergioJSiano) February 4, 2020
the most confusing thing about the whole iowa caucus thing how anyone let it happen more than once— m i t h (@ManlnTheHoody) February 4, 2020
Me: I’d never watch the Iowa caucus.— DUMPSTERFIRE2020 🔥 (@BridgetPhetasy) February 4, 2020
Me when the Iowa caucus goes off the rails:pic.twitter.com/eOQZI0WC6b
Close enough https://t.co/fykBPVJTHR— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) February 4, 2020
The Iowa caucus results are delayed because they don’t want us to know the truth...— Eric Brakey (@SenatorBrakey) February 4, 2020
All your delegates belong to JEB! pic.twitter.com/kEKFf3t7In
me waking up in the middle of the night to see what’s going on with the iowa caucus pic.twitter.com/NJZ9kfuk6Q— Olive Rae Brinker (@olivebrinker) February 4, 2020
Sucks that this was the dude in charge of counting the votes. https://t.co/hZ29sncqAX— Annie Russell (@anniemrussell) February 4, 2020
I’ve sold Caucuses to Iowa, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook! pic.twitter.com/1vta1T51on— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) February 4, 2020
BREAKING: celestial toad confirms caucus results “lost to sands of time” pic.twitter.com/siKFQqxubh— Spencer Rothbell (@srothbell) February 4, 2020
I don’t like this 3rd phase of the Iowa Caucus pic.twitter.com/xkrMqnOF9m— Nick (@nbilka) February 4, 2020
Fyre Fest walked so the Iowa Caucus could run.— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) February 4, 2020
BREAKING NEWS!!!— Patrick Skinner (@SkinnerPm) February 4, 2020
MeanCat has decided that he has won the Iowa Caucus cuz why not. pic.twitter.com/z751eXsLsN
you can have 50% of the iowa caucus totals, as a treat— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) February 4, 2020