Iowa party officials found errors in the Iowa caucus count for the Democratic candidates. The Iowa Democratic Party will be reviewing errors and updating the final tally as soon as it’s correctly added up.
There has been much debate as to whether Hillary Clinton won the caucus, or whether she tied with neck-and-neck opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (R-VT). Clinton’s supposed victory was by just 0.2 percent, which according to some, rendered it a tie due to not being a full percentage mark ahead of Sanders. The results were the closest in history – with almost everyone watching from the edge of their seats.
Iowa Democratic Party Spokesperson Sam Lau told the Des Moines Register about concerns that had been raised.
‘Both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns have flagged a very small number of concerns for us, and we are looking at them all on a case-by-case basis.’
There have been reports that state the results announced at precincts on Monday don’t match up with the ones posted by the Iowa Democratic Party’s website.
Caucus-goers from Monday night reported that Sanders won 19 county delegates and Clinton won 7, but Iowa Democratic Party officials reported Sanders had won 18 and Clinton 8.
Pablo Silva, a Grinnell College professor and precinct secretary told the Des Moines Register that the results reported weren’t correct.
’19-7 is right. It is complicated, but the issue comes down to a problem with the math that can be complicated in large precincts. Short version: On Monday night, the IDP felt we had not done it right, and they attempted to correct what they saw as errors. We’ve been in touch since then. They are acknowledging our results, but, as I write, will wait on the arrival of our paperwork.’
This represents a change of 0.072 – not even a tenth, according to the Des Moines Register. But the final tally the Iowa Democratic Party reported Tuesday showed a discrepancy of 3.77. For such a close race, this makes a massive difference. As soon as the results are reassessed, they will be posted by the Iowa Democratic Party, presumably on their website.
As the candidates head to New Hampshire, the pressure is greater than ever. We already knew this was going to be a close race, but it’s looking like it’s really heating up between Sanders and Clinton.
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