21:25 GMT28 October 2020
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    The first contests in the 2020 US presidential election officially began at 8:00 p.m. GMT on 3 February as Iowans gathered at caucuses across the state to vote for their favourite candidate. The final results were expected to be announced at around 11:00 p.m. EST (4:00 a.m. GMT on 4 February).

    Donald Trump has joked about the Iowa Democratic caucuses, calling them an "unmitigated disaster" after Dem officials were unable to promptly announce a winner.

    He further elaborated that it was not Iowa's fault, but the "Do Nothing Democrats fault".

    "As long as I am President, Iowa will stay where it is. Important tradition!" he said.

    ​The Iowa Republican Party confirmed in a statement via Twitter earlier in the day that Trump broke turnout records for an incumbent president.

    In the meantime, the presidential campaign of US Senator Bernie Sanders, early on the same day, published its own numbers from the Democratic caucus in the state of Iowa, saying that Sanders had secured 29.7 percent of the vote. Prior to this, another Democratic candidate, Pete Buttigieg, claimed victory.

    The results of the Democratic primary race in the Iowa caucus have been delayed due to "quality checks", not a hack or intrusion, according to the party's spokesperson, Mandy McClure. An hour later, McClure stated that it was "a reporting issue, the app did not go down" as they had found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results.

    Donald Trump is facing minor competition from two other Republican candidates, Joe Walsh and William Weld, in his re-election bid, while the Democratic race is far tighter. The Dem candidates include 11 politicians, with former Vice President Joe Biden being neck and neck with Senator Bernie Sanders.

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