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Iowa caucus live updates: Buttigieg, Sanders reach virtual tie with 100 percent of results released

The first-in-the-nation voting state was thrown into disarray late Monday after the Iowa Democratic Party delayed releasing results.

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The Iowa Democratic Party announced the release of 100 percent of the state caucus results Thursday night, showing Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders neck and neck in their lead over the rest of the Democratic candidates. The results could change as more data is examined, and NBC has not called a winner in the race.

The Iowa Democrats' announcement comes after Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez called on state party officials to recanvass the results of Monday's caucuses amid growing concerns about their accuracy (see NBC News' review of the results).

Caucusgoers gathered at nearly 1,700 sites across Iowa on Monday night to tally support for their preferred candidates only for the count to be thrown into disarray when what Iowa Democrats called "inconsistencies" delayed the reporting of results.

The state has 41 pledged delegates up for grabs, and the high-stakes contest traditionally plays a major role in determining who is a legitimate contender in the race. Candidates in the crowded Democratic field needed to meet a threshold of support (at least 15 percent of attendees at most caucus sites) to become viable, or they saw supporters move on to someone else.

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With Iowa results still unknown, Buttigieg pivots to New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pete Buttigieg pivoted his campaign's focus to New Hampshire on Tuesday, telling voters here that what's happening in Iowa makes their voice all the more important. 

The controversy engulfing the Iowa Democratic Party and still-unreleased results from that state's contests means that “now so much will depend on what the famously independent thinking state of New Hampshire decides one week from today," he said.

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visits The Works Cafe with Rep. Annie Kuster in Concord, N.H., on Jan. 17, 2020.Elizabeth Frantz / Reuters file

At a morning event here, Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also touched on Iowa, again claiming at least a measure of victory.

“The hope that propelled me into this campaign is vindicated every day,” he said. “It was vindicated in a big way last night when we had a chance to quiet those questions of whether we belong in this effort in the first place.”

Despite the intimate crowd that turned out to see him Tuesday, not one question was asked by the audience about Monday night’s caucuses or the lack of results.

Addressing a packed room at the Rex Theater, Buttigieg presented a forward-looking message focused on the upcoming first-in-the-nation primary. He hailed the week ahead in New Hampshire as one that will lead to a historic moment. 

Buttigieg again emphasized that now is not the time for "my way or the highway" approaches to politics — though he didn’t single out any opponents by name. Buttigieg has made similar subtle jabs about the use of purity tests by the Democratic Party in the past. 

Asked about the deficit, Buttigieg highlighted his health care plan and made a veiled swipe at Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., criticizing some candidates for saying that voters "don't deserve an explanation on how much it's going to cost at all.”

“This is the way to make sure that we can get that big thing done, and do it without breaking the bank,” he said.

At one point during the question-and-answer period, a woman interjected with a story about trying to access services for her husband, a veteran, and someone coming to her home concerned that she was a “threat.”

Buttigieg responded that he doesn’t consider her a threat and that veterans deserve better.

Blumenthal: Iowa 'has outlived its usefulness' as first state to cast ballots

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC that Iowa 'has outlived its usefulness as the first state to cast its ballots and shape the future of the nomination process."

Blumenthal added that he agrees with Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, who said earlier Tuesday that the Democratic caucus "is a quirky, quaint tradition which should come to an end."

"I agree that it is a quaint process," Blumenthal said. "Caucuses may or may not reflect the will of the people. The use of an app, which was inaccessible, failed to download and upload and ultimately proved very possibly that the downfall here is only a symptom of a process that needs reform."

Durbin said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that the Iowa caucus is "the most painful situation we currently face for voting."

"We’ve got to have a means for people to express themselves that is reliable," he said. "Unfortunately, the caucus system is not."

Warren says there's a 'tight 3-way race' in Iowa but she's 'feeling good'

Warren spoke to supporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday and addressed the situation in Iowa.

“I’m not disappointed," she said. "We came out of Iowa knowing it’s a tight 3-way race at the top. Three of us. Buttigieg, Bernie and I will divide up most of the delegates in Iowa. That’s important to know.”

"I'm feeling good," she added.

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McDaniel calls Iowa 'a debacle,' Cruz says it's 'nuts'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, winner of the 2016 GOP Iowa caucuses, told "Fox and Friends" on Tuesday that the current confusion surrounding Monday's Democratic caucuses in Iowa "is nuts."

"You would be frustrated, you would be angry," Cruz said, speaking as to how a candidate would feel as a result of Monday's fallout. "These candidates have spent months, if not over a year, busting their rear ends. I mean, knocking on doors, you know, I feel bad really for the volunteers. I mean, going into an Iowa caucus, it is a labor intensive, you've got people — we had people in 2016 who moved up from Texas, and moved from states all over the country to go to Iowa and were out in the snow, knocking on doors."

On the Fox Business Network, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called Trump "clearly the big winner" Monday.

"We had the highest turnout ever for an incumbent president," she said. "The energy on our side is so strong." 

McDaniel called the Democratic caucus count "a debacle" and insinuated without providing any evidence that Joe Biden's possible performance in the state might have something to do with it.

"I think that the party needs to figure out why all these inconsistencies in Iowa, especially when Joe Biden looked like he was going to have an abysmal, abysmal night last night."

The Iowa Democratic Party said early Tuesday that it would release the results of the Iowa caucuses after "manually verifying all precinct results."

Party Chair Troy Price said the party is "validating every piece of data we have against our paper trail. That system is taking longer than expected, but it's in place to ensure we are eventually able to report results with full confidence."

Biden campaign touts success in 3 Iowa counties

Biden's campaign is using last night's confusion to raise money as his campaign looks to the New Hampshire primary.

"If anything, last night reinforced our campaign's anti-malarkey stance. But it was just the beginning — and it's the start we need to power us into New Hampshire and beyond. Donate $20 now to help us keep it going," the campaign said in a text to supporters on Tuesday. 

Biden's campaign is also touting its success in three Iowa counties as we continue to wait for the full results of the Iowa caucus. 

The campaign's senior adviser, Symone Sanders, said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that the campaign exceeded expectations in Polk, Louisa, and Linn counties. 

Sanders backer AOC urges everyone to 'breathe'

Iowa Dems to address campaigns at 11 a.m. local time

Iowa Democratic Party officials are holding a conference call with the representatives from campaigns this morning at 11 a.m. local time (12 p.m. ET), two senior campaign advisers in Iowa told NBC News.