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Buttigieg camp raises doubt about Nevada results

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at The Union Event Center in Salt Lake City. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)
In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 photo, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at The Union Event Center in Salt Lake City. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

Pete Buttigieg’s campaign is raising questions about the results of Nevada’s caucuses and asking the state Democratic Party to address more than 200 reports of problems allocating votes Saturday.

In a letter sent to the Nevada State Democratic Party late Saturday night and provided to The Associated Press on Sunday, the Buttigieg campaign said the process of integrating four days of early voting into in-person caucuses held Saturday was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies.”

It cited instances where people running caucuses did not appear to follow rules that could have allowed candidates to pick up more support on a second round of voting.

The campaign is calling for the party to release more detail of the votes and address concerns before releasing final results.

Bernie Sanders won Nevada’s caucuses, with Joe Biden a distant second and Buttigieg in third.

Buttigieg’s deputy campaign manager Hari Sevugan says in a statement that the campaign’s own data shows a “razor thin” margin for second place and questioned whether the “irregularities and a number of unresolved questions” could change the final results.

The party did not respond to a message Sunday seeking comment on the letter.