President Donald Trump won the Republican caucuses in Iowa on Monday night, Feb. 3, with overwhelming Iowa Republican support.

President Trump got 97 percent of the caucus vote. The president’s two competitors former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh from Illinois did not demonstrate much of an ability to generate enthusiasm among Iowa Republicans for their candidacy with both getting 2.4 percent.

Earlier in the day, the president encouraged Iowans to go out and caucus on Monday.

“Republicans in Iowa, go out and Caucus today. Your great Trade Deals with China, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Korea, and more, are DONE. Great times are coming, after waiting for decades, for our Farmers, Ranchers, Manufacturers and ALL. Nobody else could have pulled this off!” he wrote in a tweet.

President Trump’s re-election campaign sent more than 80 surrogates to the state caucuses to build up their supporter base in Iowa, according to the campaign manager Brad Parscale.

“A lot of people ask us why we’re out here today,” Parscale said at a caucus press conference on Monday. “The truth is, this is our first test of a grass-roots army we built. This is going to be the largest grass-roots army the Republican Party’s ever seen, or hopefully, this country’s ever seen. And this gives us a little kind of take the training wheels off and get it going.”

Meanwhile, the president’s Democratic rivals still await their results as the Iowa Democratic Party announced an unexplained and unprecedented delay due to reported technical difficulties. 

“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report. This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”

The delay has raised questions about the legitimacy of the contest.

Parscale openly suggested that the delay meant that the caucuses were being “rigged.”

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