Democrats and Republicans attended their respective precincts throughout Marion County to support their preferred, or second preferred, candidates competing for a spot on the Presidential ballot.

On the Republican side, President Donald Trump received near-unanimous support in the county. Trump received 437 of 457 votes, with Joe Walsh and William Weld receiving only six votes each.

As of 11:30 p.m., there were still no results for the Democratic Caucuses.

In Pella Ward 4, where the Pella Chronicle observed Monday’s caucus votes, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were the two favored candidates, each earning two delegates. Sanders trailed Buttigieg by only two votes, with 57 caucus-goers in favor of the former Indiana mayor compared to Sanders’ 55.

Trailing Buttigieg and Sanders were Elizabeth Warren (31 votes) and Andrew Yang (29 votes), who both received one delegate.

Ward 4 proved to be the “battle of the moderates,” with Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden just shy of being considered viable candidates. Based on a total of 172 caucus-goers, each candidate had to receive 26 votes to be considered viable.

In the last cycle in 2016, almost all results were available statewide by 10 p.m. However, as the Iowa Democrats worked on making several changes to the first-in-the-nation caucus for 2020, no precincts have reported results.

Party officials have specified in a statement that there were issues with “quality checks” of results.

“The integrity of the results is paramount,” party spokesperson Mandy McClure said. “We have experienced a delay in results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time.”

The Iowa Democratic Party developed a new set of rules this year, which produces three sets of results: tallies of the “first alignment” of caucus-goers, their “final alignment” and the total number of delegates each candidate receives.

This is the first caucus the party has made the first and final alignment results public.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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