Pete Buttigieg declared victory in last night’s Iowa caucuses, despite the fact that the Iowa Democratic Party has yet to issue any official results.
“What a night,” the 2020 hopeful told supporters in Des Moines, Iowa. “Because tonight, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality.”
The Iowa Democratic Party announced late Monday that reporting of caucus results was being delayed due to “inconsistencies.” The party has yet to issue any official results, much to the frustration of, well, pretty much everyone.
Except for Mayor Pete.
“We are going on to New Hampshire victorious!” Buttigieg told last night’s crowd.
He also heralded his big win on Twitter, tweeting: “Iowa, you have shocked the nation. By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious. #IowaCaucuses”
Iowa, you have shocked the nation.
By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious. #IowaCaucuses
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 4, 2020
Buttigieg told CNN this morning that his campaign’s internal data is what led him to declare victory before any official results were announced.
“Like everybody else, probably more than anybody else, I’m impatient to get the official count, but we’ve also seen the reporting from our own precinct organization,” he explained. “In fact, we’ve made it public from over 1,200 precinct locations and what we saw is extraordinary.”
“For a campaign that a year ago, I think a lot of people were questioning what right we even had to do this and to make the attempt. And so it’s clearly a victory for us.”
The response to Buttigieg’s premature declaration is being met with mixed reactions on Twitter…
Did Pete Buttigieg just claim victory in Iowa when the results haven’t been announced yet?
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 4, 2020
This @PeteButtigieg is a thing of beauty. It’s inclusive, inspiring, very, very strong. He sounds downright presidential. It’s a damn shame the Iowa Caucus Debacle robbed him from the chance of giving it while most Americans were still awake.
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) February 4, 2020
Bunch of people in my comments claiming that I’m spreading “conspiracy theories…”
Only conspiracy theory I see is that Pete won in Iowa lmao
— Cam Kasky (@cameron_kasky) February 4, 2020
Tonight, an openly-LGBTQ presidential candidate won a delegate in the Iowa Caucus for the first time in our country’s history. Regardless of who you support, that’s a moment to acknowledge and celebrate. It makes me proud. Well done to Pete Buttigieg’s team.
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 4, 2020
Pete Buttigieg is claiming victory with literally 0% of the vote in, trying to fix the Iowa Caucus like it was bread prices.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 4, 2020
— Van Jones (@VanJones68) February 4, 2020
Let’s be clear:
Pete Buttigieg did NOT win Iowa.#IowaCaucuses
— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈 🗽 (@ProudResister) February 4, 2020
Pete Buttigieg wins Iowa according to Pete Buttigieg! I get how this works. It’s kind of fun once the horror wears off.
— francesca fiorentini (@franifio) February 4, 2020
Pete Buttigieg has declared victory in Iowa, without knowing the results.
Amy Klobuchar basically gave a victory speech, when she probably finished fifth.
It’s all pretty weird.
Then again, Bernie Sanders lost Iowa in 2016 and then declared it a tie, so anything goes.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 4, 2020
No word yet on when the official results might be announced.