The Democrats’ Iowa caucus was a complete disaster by any objective measure. No, strike that, “complete disaster” doesn’t quite capture the measure of how badly the Iowa Democrat Party screwed the pooch Monday.
As of this evening 97% of the vote in Iowa has allegedly been counted. Mayor Pete barely edged out Bernie Sanders whereas Quid Pro Joe came in a distant fourth place.
Things are so bad in Iowa that the Associated Press has announced that they are unable to declare a winner in Monday’s caucus contest.
The Associated Press said Thursday that it is unable to declare a winner of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses.
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.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez has ordered the Iowa Democrat Party to recanvass their precincts. Iowa’s response to Perez’s request was an emphatic “hell no:”
“Should any presidential campaign in compliance with the Iowa Delegate Selection Plan request a recanvass, the IDP is prepared,” Iowa Democrat Party Chairman Troy Price said in a statement.
“This is the official record of the Iowa Democratic caucus, and we are committed to ensuring the results accurately reflect the preference of Iowans,” he added.
The Iowa scandal has prompted accusations of cheating on the part of Mayor Pete from Bernie Sanders’ rather militant supporters. The fact that the company that created the reporting app at the center of the Iowa caucus clusterfark-Shadow, Inc-received tens of thousands of dollars from Mayor Pete and has connections to the Clintons hasn’t helped matters, either.
I think it’s safe to say we’re never going to know who won the Iowa caucus.