Iowa Democratic Party reviewing results from 95 precincts

By Zach Montellaro

The Iowa Democratic Party announced it was reviewing results from 95 precincts from the Feb. 3 caucuses, accounting for roughly 5 percent of the total precincts.

Campaigns had until noon Central Time on Saturday to flag alleged inconsistencies to the state party. Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, who are battling it out for the lead in the state, and Elizabeth Warren, who is a distant third, each pointed out potentially flawed results, according to the state party.

With the state party reporting results from 100 percent of precincts, Buttigieg has a very narrow lead in the state delegate equivalent count, the metric most media outlets will use to determine a winner in the state. The race remains uncalled by The Associated Press, due to both the close margin and public reporting of inconsistencies in some results.

“The IDP has initiated the process of review of the requested precincts, and any corrections will be released before Monday at 12pm CST in a single update – reported prior to the allocation of national delegates,” an unsigned statement from the state party read. “The top priority of the IDP continues to be ensuring the accuracy of reported data as the process moves towards completion.” Troy Price, the Iowa Democratic Party chair, is also slated to hold a press conference on Monday.

It remains unclear how drastically results could change, even with the review of precincts.

"What our job is at the Iowa Democratic Party is to report out the official reports that we receive ... so that is what we have done. But we have this process right now, and we will see what comes in through this process," Price said at a Friday press conference. "The math worksheet is actually a legal document, it is signed by the precinct chair and the precinct captains ... so we are not allowed to change that. We have to report out what is reported to us."

Monday at noon Central Time is also the deadline for campaigns to request a recanvass or recount of the caucus results. But Sanders told CNN on Friday that his campaign was “certainly not” going to ask for a recanvass of the whole state. And a Buttigieg aide told POLITICO on Saturday that the campaign was not planning on seeking a recanvass, either.