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Iowa straw poll malfunction

AMES, Iowa (CNN) – A malfunctioning voting machine delayed the release of the results of the Iowa Republican Party straw poll by at least one hour Saturday, as GOP officials were forced to count more than 1,500 ballots by hand.

“There is a machine malfunction and they are simply recounting the ballots of one machine,” said Mary Tiffany, spokeswoman for the Iowa Republican Party. “There were 1,500 and some ballots. They are simply recounting them for accuracy.”

Tiffany estimated that between 13,000 and 15,000 people voted in Saturday’s straw poll. The malfunctioning machine was one of 18 used by the Iowa GOP to count the ballots.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston