Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is questioning the results of Nevada’s Democratic caucus, alleging anomalies in data and errors in reporting.
“Given how close the race is between second and third place, we ask that you take these steps before releasing any final data,” the campaign wrote late Saturday in a letter to the Nevada State Democratic Party.
Molly Forgey, a party spokeswoman, said that the officials were “continuing to verify and to report results,” adding, “As laid out in our recount guidance, there is a formal method for requesting a challenge of results.”
With over half of Saturday’s results reported by the party as of Sunday afternoon, Buttigieg advisers maintain that the former mayor will finish in second, or closer to second than the results currently indicate, after the full and accurate accounting of results.
“Currently our data shows that this is a razor-thin margin for second place in Nevada, and due to irregularities and a number of unresolved questions we have raised with the Nevada Democratic Party, it’s unclear what the final results will be,” Deputy Campaign Manager Hari Sevugan said in a statement.
Former Vice President Joe Biden will finish second in the Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses, NBC News projected Sunday night, and will likely earn seven national convention delegates.
The second-place finish, added to the endorsement of South Carolina’s top Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn — which will come Wednesday, NBC News has learned — will give Biden momentum heading into this week’s South Carolina primary.
Biden had polled 20.9 percent of the votes in Nevada with nearly 88 percent of precincts reporting. Biden will finish well behind Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who had 47.1 percent on Sunday evening. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was third, with 13.6 percent.
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