2020 iowa caucuses
February 12, 2020

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." Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party finished its review Sunday of 95 precincts from last Monday's caucuses, and the final results were the same: former Mayor Pete Buttigieg beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 0.1 percent in state delegates, giving Buttigieg 14 state delegate equivalents, Sanders 12, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) eight, former Vice President Joe Biden six, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) one SDE. Candidates have until Monday at 1 p.m. to request a final review, and the Sanders campaign said it will seek a "partial recanvass" of 20 to 30 Iowa precincts. A recanvass is not a recount but a cross-check of the vote numbers against paper records.

The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a mess, and the Democratic National Committee is reconsidering Iowa's first-in-the-nation voting status, chairman Tom Perez said on CNN Sunday. Sanders had the most support overall and claimed a popular victory in the caucuses, but due to how the Iowa Democratic Party apportions delegates, Buttigieg has maintained a consistent lead in the category traditionally used to name the winner. The Associated Press has declined to name a winner of the Iowa caucuses, citing accuracy concerns and the likelihood of revisions.

The voting records submitted by Iowa caucus precinct chairs had some obvious errors, but the IDP says it can't legally change any mathematical errors because that would amount to illegal vote tampering. Perez said he's "mad as hell" about Iowa's mistakes and predicted there would be "a further conversation about whether or not state parties should be running elections." Peter Weber

February 6, 2020

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg has retained his narrow lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Iowa caucuses.

The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has 26.198 percent of state delegate equivalents, while Sanders has 26.128 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in third with 17.98 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 15.85 percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) with 12.27 percent. The results of the first-in-the-nation caucuses were released late Thursday.

The caucuses were held on Monday, but the results were delayed due to inconsistencies with the numbers and issues with the app used to report results. Earlier on Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said there should be a recanvass "in order to assure public confidence in the results." A recanvass means the numbers released by the Iowa Democratic Party would be checked against the results recorded at caucus sites, and the candidates have until 1 p.m. ET Friday to file a request.

Because of the possible errors in the count, these results will likely be disputed, the Des Moines Register says. Catherine Garcia

February 6, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) isn't waiting around anymore.

As uncertainty still swirls around the results of the Iowa caucuses, Sanders on Thursday declared a "very strong victory" in the state nearly three days after its election began. Preliminary — and reportedly flawed — results show former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with a slight edge when it comes to delegate counts in the state, but Sanders says his "decisive margin of victory" is based on the fact that "6,000 more Iowans came out to support us than any other candidate."

Sanders' Thursday tweet coincided with his half-hour press conference on the Iowa results and the campaign's future, which made the same case for his victory. Just before Sanders spoke, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez called for "the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass" of its caucuses to "assure public confidence in the results." Kathryn Krawczyk

February 6, 2020

The chair of the Democratic National Committee is calling for a recanvass in Iowa as a new report suggests the latest batch of results are "riddled with inconsistencies and other flaws."

Iowa Democrats on Wednesday continued to slowly but surely release results from Monday's caucuses, which were held up as the party cited inconsistencies and an app used to report results presented technical issues. As of Thursday morning, results from 97 percent of precincts had been reported, showing former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are nearly tied.

But The New York Times on Thursday reported that the Wednesday results are "riddled with inconsistencies and other flaws." The Times' analysis found that "more than 100 precincts reported results that were internally inconsistent, that were missing data or that were not possible under the complex rules of the Iowa caucuses." These issues, the Times wrote, raised "questions about whether the public will ever get a completely precise account of the Iowa results."

Later on Thursday, DNC Chair Tom Perez tweeted, "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." This came before 100 percent of precincts have actually been reported; The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey asked, "Can you do a recount before you finish the first count?"

Brendan Morrow

February 6, 2020

With the New Hampshire primary just five days away, we still don't have a winner in Iowa.

After technical issues with a new app and long phone delays held up any Iowa caucus numbers until almost a full day later, as of Thursday morning, 97 percent of precincts have reported their results.

But the race is still too close to call, as former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg holds 26.2 percent of the delegates, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has 26.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is at 18.2 percent, while former Vice President Joe Biden is in fourth place with 15.8 percent. Biden has admitted he "expected to do better" in Iowa, while his aides weren't so diplomatic, with one telling Politico his performance was nothing short of a "disaster."

Speaking of disasters, the Iowa Democratic Party on Wednesday released a new batch of results that they soon had to clarify needed a "minor correction." The incorrect results suddenly showed a surge in support for former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), even though the Des Moines Register notes he wasn't even "actively competing for support" in Iowa. The Iowa Democrats soon issued correct results showing Patrick with no delegate equivalents.

CNN reports the Iowa Democratic Party is expecting to release the full results by Thursday morning. Brendan Morrow

February 5, 2020

The Iowa caucuses may as well have happened under a rock.

With its 41 delegates making up just a percentage of the total delegate pool out there, Iowa gets an outsized reputation in the presidential primary process simply because it comes first. But with the full results of its caucuses still unrevealed 36 hours later, the often candidacy-ending state has lost most of its power.

Things didn't look good for former Vice President Joe Biden before the Iowa caucuses began, with state polls showing him far from the runaway frontrunner status he once claimed. The first chunk of results from Iowa backed that up: With 71 percent of precincts reporting, he was in a solid fourth place and could expect no delegates. But Biden didn't have to address that fact during his caucus night speech, even though he dropped out when he came in fifth place in Iowa when he was running in 2008.

Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has never held on to a top polling spot for long. And yet she outperformed those polls Monday night, wrangling at least five of the 27 delegates that have been decided so far with 18 percent of the vote. Again, she lost out on the opportunity to spin those votes into a positive speech on Monday night, and joined the other candidates in quickly scooting off to New Hampshire for the next round.

And as for former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, well, he declared victory Monday night despite the current caucus count showing him tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Another 30 percent of results are still missing, and they could tip the scales in truly any direction. Kathryn Krawczyk

February 4, 2020

The results are (partially) in.

Iowa's Democratic party has officially released the first chunk of results from Monday night's presidential caucus. With 62 percent of precincts reporting, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has secured 26.9 percent of the delegates, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is narrowly behind with 25.1 percent. Sanders did beat Buttigieg in the precincts' popular vote by more than 1,000 votes.

The partial results come nearly a full day after Iowans went to caucus Monday night. Results usually come in before the night is over, but a chaotic turn of events involving a third-party app that just didn't work held things up. Iowa has 41 delegates to divvy up between these candidates, but without the full results, there's no way of knowing where they will end up. Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price said it could be "today, tomorrow, the next day, a week, a month" before the rest of numbers come out. Kathryn Krawczyk

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