February 5, 2020
The 2020 Democratic race faltered before it could forge ahead on Tuesday, when the results of the much-anticipated Iowa caucus could not be produced the morning after the big event.
In a phone call on the morning of February 4, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) told the candidates who had participated in the caucus to expect that a “majority” of the caucus results would released at 5 p.m. (EST), according to a report by The Hill.
“Today we informed campaigns that we will be releasing the majority of caucus results at 4 p.m. CST,” McClure said. “Moving forward—just like we would have on caucus night — we will continue to release results as we are able to. We are also executing our plans and procedures to gather the paper documents and chasing any additional precincts to report results as we normally would on caucus night.”
According to The Hill, the state party’s bungling of the results has raised questions about Iowa’s status as the first state to vote and about the viability of caucuses, which are inherently more chaotic and complicated than primary elections.
The Iowa Democratic Party blamed the reporting issues on a new app the precincts were relying on to transmit results did not function properly.
Now, the IDP remains under intense pressure to produce the results. The caucuses got underway at 8 p.m. (EST) on Monday, February 3. The campaigns, volunteers, voters, and the news media have been furious at the delay and at the lack of transparency into what went wrong.
Most of the presidential candidates hit the road last night or early this morning for New Hampshire, which will hold its primary on February 11.
Research contact: @thehill