Democrats Mocked for Disastrous Iowa Caucus

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Someone won Monday night’s Iowa caucuses — we just don’t know who, yet.

The Iowa caucuses have been the first nominating contest in the nation since 1972 with 41 national delegates up for grabs.

Voters caucused either at one of 1,678 precinct caucuses across the state or at one of the new 87 “satellite” caucuses, including three international locations. The satellite caucus was added this year to help “increase the caucuses’ accessibility” and allow “more Iowans to participate in the process,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a memo provided to the media.

The biggest story of the night, however, was a major delay in the reporting of caucus results. A new app was developed this year for reporting results but some precinct chairs apparently ditched the app after users struggled to log in. Some campaigns said they were told the app had crashed. Others claimed it was a conspiracy against Sen. Bernie Sanders. One caucus organizer was hung up on while trying to report results over the phone.

“The integrity of the results is paramount,” the Iowa Democratic Party said in a statement around 10 p.m. CT. “We have experienced a delay in the results due to quality checks and the fact that the IDP is reporting out three data sets for the first time.”

According to CNN, 70 percent of precincts were reporting by 9 p.m. CT during the 2016 caucuses.

Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, criticized the Democratic Party for its organizational failure.

“Democrat party meltdown. They can’t even run a caucus and they want to run the government. No thank you,” he said on Twitter.

“Trump is laughing his ass off,” wrote Meghan McCain, a frequent critic of the president.

Larry Sabato, president of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said it’s time to “get rid of the Iowa caucuses.”

“That’s the message tonight. It’s a mess in more ways than one. If this were a primary, we’d have a larger turnout and the damn results would be known by now,” he said.

National Review’s Rich Lowry said that “after years of obsession with the Russians, the Democrats somehow managed to hack their own election.”

“Iowa Blows It,” The Drudge Report eventually declared after it was 12 a.m. ET and no results had come in. The reactions were endless and universally negative.

Several candidates delivered premature victory speeches in order to catch their east coast fans before they went to bed.

“We are punching above our weight,” Klobuchar claimed. “Somehow, some way I have to get on a plane tonight to New Hampshire.”

Her campaign manager claimed that the “numbers we’ve seen internally and publicly” showed that Klobuchar was “running even or ahead of Vice President Biden.”

Despite the lack of results, Mayor Pete Buttigieg declared on Twitter that “Iowa chose a new path.”

Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign sent a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party late in the night expressing concerns about “acute failures” and “considerable flaws” in the reporting system. At one point, the party told Buzzfeed News that staffers were “comparing app results with cellphone shots of caucus worksheets.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign manager said the campaign feels “confident it’s close between Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg” and believes “the vice president is a distant fourth.”

According to Iowa Starting Line, precinct chairs could not get logged into the app and then experienced delays of more than an hour when trying to call in their results on a phone line.

 

Trump Sets Incumbent Record

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump easily won the Iowa Republican caucuses with roughly 97 percent of the vote. Republicans experienced record-breaking turnout for an incumbent president with 31,000 caucus-goers, surpassing President Barack Obama’s 2012 record of 25,000.

“What a way to kick off President Trump’s re-election campaign – with decisive, record-breaking caucus results,” said Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa. “I have no doubt the energy and enthusiasm we saw tonight will carry through this election. After successfully negotiating two massive trade deals, confirming two Supreme Court justices, cutting taxes, and taking decisive action to make the world a safer place, it is no surprise that Iowans want four more years of winning with President Trump.”

The candidates will now turn their attention to New Hampshire with just a week to go before the state’s February 11 primary. Voters can expect to see some of the night’s biggest losers drop out of the race in the coming days.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Thoughts to “Democrats Mocked for Disastrous Iowa Caucus”

  1. BRIT

    If the Democrats are not capable of running their own primary, do Democrats really think they can tell Americans what best for them and run the country? How the fake news going to spin this!

  2. CCW

    Iowa Caucus…After spending $100M’s on this one state, after paid and unpaid workers working tirelessly for months, after streamlining their caucus voting system, and trying to satisfy Bernie supporters that we will have no more tricks, after thousands of hours of interviews and townhall meetings,……it all gets swept into the dumpster. The candidates all declare victory, cast aspersions to the DNC and dirty tricks, jump on their planes and head to New Hampshire.

    The MSM winner announcers, locked and loaded, all look dumbfounded, and start making excuses, conjecture, throw it against the wall, see what sticks, etc.

    Conclusion: Ground hog day for Dems. They cannot put together an honest primary vote in Iowa. What a hoot! Was it Trump or the Russians?

  3. Kevin

    While the “experts” may say get rid of the Iowa caucuses, how about we STOP stuff like this, “new 87 “satellite” caucuses, including three international locations. ”

    Where exactly are those “international locations? Russia, China and Ukraine? Or maybe Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala!

    I say it’s border line insanity, except apparently, we have no borders!

  4. Tregonsee

    Perhaps they bought their software from the same company which built the GOP Get Out the Vote program in 2012. It was mentioned a few times on the news shows discussing Romney’s failure that it was not properly tested, and crashed on election day. By comparison, the Democrats had 2-3 full scale practice runs for theirs, and it worked flawlessly.

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