In what has been a political disaster for Iowan Democrats, the Iowa Caucus still does not have an official winner.
The first of the presidential primary contests, which started on Monday, is reporting 97 percent of the total vote count but is unable to determine who actually won—resulting in frustration for those candidates involved.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press is unable to declare a winner in Iowa’s 2020 Democratic caucuses
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) February 6, 2020
The Associated Press reports: “With 97% of precincts reporting from Monday’s caucuses, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by three state delegate equivalents out of 2,098 counted. That is a margin of 0.14 percentage points.”
According to the report, the state-wide failure forced the Democratic Party to consider holding a recanvass or a recount.
“Further, the party has yet to report results from some satellite caucus sites, from which there are still an unknown number of state delegate equivalents to be won,” the report continued. “The AP will continue to report and review the results from the Iowa Democratic Party as it completes its tabulation, as well as the results of any potential recanvass or recount.”
A recanvass would include each of the 1,700 precincts to retally their own individual scores where a recount would force election commissioners to recount each of the 180,000 cast votes—a much lengthier process.
As the Daily Wire reports, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez later asked the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvas the state.
“Enough is enough,” Perez said. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
The call for a recanvass does not have to necessarily be followed by the state. Here’s more from the Daily Wire:
Though Tom Perez has demanded a recanvas, that does not necessarily mean the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) will comply. In a statement responding to Perez, the IDP stated that a recanvas would only be conducted if a candidate requested it.
“An analysis of the results that have been released so far shows a number of errors and inconsistencies, some of which appear to contradict the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus rules,” reports The Hill. “One example in Indianola’s second precinct in Warren County shows Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) picking up support on the final caucus alignment even though neither was recorded as viable in the first alignment — an apparent violation of caucus rules.”
“In the same precinct, two other candidates, Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, lost votes in the final alignment, even though both were apparently viable in the first alignment,” it continued.
Both Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders have claimed victory in the contest.
According to the still unverified polling results, Sanders holds a large lead in the total vote count while Buttigieg has scored more support with the state’s delegates.
The delegate system in Iowa is similar to the national Electoral College system in that a candidate can win the popular vote but lose the delegate/electorate count.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
I think they should blame RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA again! If they can’t count votes properly, how are they going to run U.S. HealthCare? https://t.co/JsNB8jvKoo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2020