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Biden campaign demands 'full explanations' on Iowa caucus reporting delays

Like everyone paying attention to the Iowa caucuses, former Vice President Joe Biden wants to know what exactly caused the delay in reporting results.

The Iowa Democratic Party first said the results were held up "due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time." Later, the IDP said there were "inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results." Several precinct captains said there was a problem with an app they were using to report their numbers, and they were on hold for hours trying to call in their results.

Late Monday night, Dana Remus, general counsel for the Biden campaign, sent a letter to the chair and executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party, asking for information on the "considerable flaws in tonight's Iowa caucus reporting system." The app and telephone reporting system both failed, Remus wrote, and it was affecting results across the state.

Biden's campaign believes all of the candidates "deserve full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control you are employing, and an opportunity to respond, before any official results are released," Remus said, adding, "In the meantime, we are on to New Hampshire, on the road to the most important election of our lifetimes."