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Democratic Leader on Iowa: 'Enough Is Enough'

DNC chief Tom Perez calls for a recanvass
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 6, 2020 12:43 PM CST
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Precinct 68 Iowa Caucus voters seated in the Biden section hold up their first votes as they are counted at the Knapp Center on the Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – The chairman of the Democratic National Committee called on Thursday for a “recanvass” of the results of Monday's Iowa caucus, which was marred by technical problems and delays, per the AP. ”Enough is enough," party leader Tom Perez wrote on Twitter. He said he was calling for the recanvass in order to “assure public confidence in the results." With 97% of precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg, a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are nearly tied. The Hill explains that a recanvass is different from a recount: It would require "a hand audit of caucus math worksheets and reporting forms to ensure they were properly tallied and reported." Perez still wants results to be reported in the interim.

The caucus crisis is an embarrassing twist for state party officials after months of promoting Iowa as a chance for Democrats to find some clarity in a jumbled field. Instead, after a buildup that featured seven rounds of debates, nearly $1 billion spent nationwide, and a year of political jockeying, caucus day ended with no winner and no official results. At issue is an app that the Iowa Democratic Party used to tabulate the results of the contest. The app was rolled out shortly before caucusing began and did not go through rigorous testing. A coding error yielded problematic results Monday. And backup phone lines for reporting the outcomes were jammed, with many placed on hold for hours in order to report outcomes.

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