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Iowa Democratic Party chairman resigns following caucus debacle

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price announced his resignation on Wednesday, more than a week after the disastrous Iowa caucuses.

In a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee, Price said serving as chair "has been one of the greatest honors of my life," but he believes "it's time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult."

The caucuses were held on Feb. 3, but the state party didn't release the results until Feb. 6, blaming the delay on a smartphone app used to submit numbers. Price said there is "no doubt that the process of reporting results did not work," and that was "simply unacceptable." Price apologized, adding that he is "deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party."

However, "the IDP is not the only party to blame for what happened last week," Price said. "We worked collaboratively with our partners, our vendors, and the [Democratic National Committee] in this process, and I am confident the review will be able to determine exactly what went wrong, what went right, and how we can avoid this from ever happening again."