The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party resigned Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner. The embarrassing episode also threatened Iowa's cherished status as the first contest of the presidential nomination race and prompted both front-runners to request a partial recanvass of the results, the AP reports. "The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night. As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party," Chairman Troy Price wrote in a resignation letter a week and a half after the caucuses.
Price said his departure would occur as soon as the state party elects a replacement, and he called a meeting Saturday for that purpose. After a breakdown in tallying the results on Feb. 3, it took until Feb. 6 for the state party, which operates the series of roughly 1,700 local meetings statewide, to issue what it said are complete results. In those figures, released by the party, Pete Buttigieg leads Sen. Bernie Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted. That is a margin of 0.09 percentage points. The AP said it was unable to declare a winner, based on the available information. The results as reported by the Iowa Democratic Party, the AP believes, may not be fully accurate. Price was elected to his second term as chairman of the state party in December 2018. (News outlets don't trust the announced results.)