Election 2020 Debate

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders remain the top two candidates as the Iowa Democratic Party released more results Wednesday from Monday night’s caucuses.

The tally now stands at 71 percent of the state’s more than 1,700 precincts, with Buttigieg at 26.8 percent of the state delegate equivalents, one-tenth of a percent lower than where he stood Tuesday after 62 percent of the results were released.

Sanders gained one-tenth of a percent, up to 25.2 percent, and also extended his lead in the popular vote count. He now leads Buttigieg by 1,314 votes, 32,772-31,458. Sanders on Tuesday had a 1,190-vote lead.

Monday night’s results were delayed due to a failure in the smartphone app that precinct chairs were supposed to use to report information to the state party.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren remains in third place at 18.4 percent, one-tenth of a percent higher than Tuesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden dipped two-tenths of percent to 15.4 percent, while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar remained at 12.6 percent.

Warren received 25,816 votes, compared to 16,545 for Biden and 15,598 for Klobuchar.

Of particular note is the difference in votes among the candidates in the first round compared to the second and final round of voting.

Caucusgoers in each precinct form “preference groups” for the candidates they are supporting. A candidate must have at least 15 percent support in a particular precinct to remain viable. Those who support a viable candidate cannot switch when the final alignment vote is taken, but those supporting an inviable candidate can move to their second choice.

Buttigieg, for example, picked up more than 3,900 supporters between the first alignment and the second alignment in the precincts released thus far, moving from 27,515 to 31,458. Sanders, meanwhile, picked up just 1,344 new supporters under this process, moving from 31,428 to 32,772.

Biden lost 2,357 supporters between the first alignment and final alignment, falling from 18,902 to 16,545. Warren gained 1,641 supporters and Klobuchar lost 876.

The number of uncommitted voters increased between the first and final alignments, going from 703 to 1,101.