Just when the Iowa caucus disaster could not get any more disastrous, the Associated Press has now announced it is unable to declare a winner from Monday night.
WASHINGTON( AP) — The Associated Press is unable to declare a winner in Iowa’s 2020 Democratic caucuses
— Meg Kinnard (@ MegKinnardAP) February 6, 2020
” With 97% of precincts reporting from Monday’s caucuses, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads-in Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by three government representative equivalents out of 2,098 counted ,” reported the AP on Thursday.” That is a margin of 0.14 percentage points .”
” Further, the party has yet to report results from some satellite caucus websites, from which there are still an unknown number of state delegate equivalents to be won ,” review reports later added.” 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 .”
Sally Buzbee, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor, said that there can be no clear show of a winner as Sanders and Buttigieg stand so neck-in-neck.
“The Associated Press calls a race when there is a clear indication of a winner. Because of a tight margin between former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders and the irregularities in this year’s caucus process, it is not possible to determine a win at this level, ” said Buzbee.
The Associated Press shaped its decide following Democratic National Committee( DNC) Chairman Tom Perez requesting the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvas the commonwealth, which simply entails its evaluation of” the worksheets utilization of each caucus locate” to determine if the votes were counted accurately, according to The Hill. A recanvas is not a recount.
“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.”
Though Tom Perez has required a recanvas, that does not inevitably 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 potential candidates requested it.
” An analysis of the results that have been liberated still further depicts a number of wrongdoings and inconsistencies, some of which appear to contradict the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus principles ,” reports The Hill.” One example in Indianola’s second district in Warren County, first identified by The New York Times, shows Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren( D-MA) picking up supporting 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 district, two other nominees, Tom Steyer and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, lost polls in the final alignment, even though both were apparently viable in the first alignment ,” it continued.
Despite the Associated Press not saying a victor in the Iowa caucus, Sen Bernie Sanders( I-VT) said in a press conference on Thursday that he reach a” decisive victory” while citing the party’s total “screw up” of the process.
” We are maintaining a news conference that “shouldve been” passed three darkness ago in Des Moines, but for the inability of the Iowa Democratic Party to count referendums in a timely manner ,” Sanders told reporters.” That screw-up has been extremely unfair to the people of Iowa, it has been unjust to all of the candidates and all of their advocates. So what I want to do, three days belatedly, is thank the people of Iowa for the very strong victory they gave us Monday night .”
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