The Iowa Caucuses: Now the Official Definition for Complete Political Chaos

On February 3, voters in Iowa cast their vote for their favorite Democratic candidate, but little did they know that their election would soon descend into turmoil. Every presidential election cycle, Iowa is the first state to vote for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, who will go head-to-head in November for the Oval Office. But after a new app meant to ease the counting process fell apart, Democrats had to scramble to pick up the pieces.

The Iowa Democratic Party hired Shadow Inc. to design an app to send voting results from each precinct to the Party’s headquarters. But the app– which had been developed within only two months –did not work for everyone. “I couldn’t get it to work. I tried and tried,” Jane Podgorniak, the Worth County precinct chair, told the New York Times.

Some precincts had already decided to call in the results from the get-go, not using the app at all. Others abandoned the disastrous new method to join in on phones. But the Iowa Democratic Party had not planned for so many calls, leading to wait lines up to 90 minutes, the New York Times reported. 

Amidst the confusion, the candidates decided to make their own announcements, either claiming victory or simply acknowledging having no idea who won. 

On Thursday, February 6, the results came out with Buttigieg in the lead and Sanders only inches behind. Both Buttigieg and Sanders asked for a recanvass, meaning a review of the precinct votes. The results were announced two weeks later: Buttigieg won 13 delegates, 26.2% of the vote; Sanders trailed with 12 delegates and 26.1% of the vote; Warren claimed 8 delegates, 18% of the vote; Biden achieved 6 delegates, 15.8% of the vote; and Klobuchar 6 delegates and 12.3%. The delegates will vote for these specified candidates in the Democratic National Convention, which is to be held in Milwaukee in July. The candidates had already moved on to the New Hampshire Primary where they hoped no more drama would consume their spotlight.


By Amira Pierotti

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