The Iowa Democratic Party debuted a new system that was supposed to increase transparency by reporting how candidates fared in the first round of caucusing, where they ended up after realignment, and how many delegates each candidate won. Instead, the party got ire from frustrated candidates and cable news shows, mockery by President Trump's campaign, and conspiracy theories.
Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, told everyone to calm down. "Look, if there is something nefarious, then everybody is gonna be able to see that, everybody's gonna see that by checking the results here," he said on KDSM-TV. "As long as we've got a paper trail, as long as it's a (transparent) process, everybody's gonna be able to follow through and make sure we understand what is going on here."
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Even Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a hardline conservative with a conspiratorial bent, counseled the Iowa Democrats to slow down and get this right so the "Iowa Caucuses can remain first in the nation." Iowa Republicans, like Iowa Democrats, zealously guard their first-in-the-nation caucus, and that special status was already under attack before Monday's debacle.
The Iowa caucuses survived a Republican fiasco eight years ago, and this too shall pass, maybe.
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