For those who support Bernie Sanders, the news is very good. The “Denver Post” discovered the Colorado Democratic Party reported the March 1 caucus results from 10 precincts inaccurately. That error cost Sanders one delegate, until now.
While the Democratic Party knew about the discrepancy a week after the caucus, it chose not to correct the public record, according to the “Denver Post.” For some reason, the Hillary Clinton campaign knew about the problem, but the Sanders campaign was not informed until late Monday by the “Denver Post.”
The consequences of the state party misreporting results are substantial for Sanders. If he wins one of the two available Colorado super delegates, he could win the state’s delegation.
Based upon the flawed data, the press projected that Clinton would likely win the majority of Colorado’s 78 delegates, due to the “support of party leaders with super delegate status.”
But the error caused Sanders’ nearly 4 percentage points in his margin of victory. After the caucus, the results gave Sanders 4 national delegates and Clinton the same number. After correcting the error, Sanders gets 5 national delegates and Clinton 3.
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio said that all votes were counted, and he rebuffed calls for him to quit, after allegations of fraud. Monday, Palacio said in an interview:
‘It was basically a reporting error on caucus night.’
‘It was an embarrassment on our part for sure.’
He blamed a Denver volunteer for entering the wrong vote tallies from 10 precincts. The party used an interactive voice response system for the presidential preference poll.
On March 1, the state’s party’s website reported that Sanders won 14,624 votes (54 percent) in Denver County, and Clinton won 12,097 votes (45 percent.) The corrected numbers show Sanders at 15,194 (56.5 percent) and Clinton with 11,527, (43 percent.)
Palacio insisted Colorado’s party emailed the campaigns the information:
‘It was our assumption they were using that data.’
Palacio said Clinton didn’t lose support — “we just misreported it:”
‘It was basically one (caucus) site. Whomever dialed the numbers in must have had a little weirdness happen. The official results were reported correctly, but when they dialed them in using the touch-tone, it looks like something got transposed.’
Democratic Party officials were not willing to acknowledge the mistake until Monday. Palacio said the site with the results, coloradocaucus.org:
‘…is only used for reporting to the press. It wasn’t used in an official way. So we didn’t go back and actually look at the website versus the math sheets.’
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said:
‘We are obviously pleased to essentially narrow the delegate lead by two delegates, one up and one down — it’s a zero sum game.’
‘Once we get to the convention, they’ll (super delegates) have an opportunity to take a look at the two candidates and choose the candidate who is best able to defeat the Republicans in November. We are very gratified that we not only won the pledged delegates in Colorado, we apparently won them by a larger margin.’
‘It is certainly disturbing that the information gets sent to one campaign and not to another.’
Palacio didn’t tell the Sanders camp about the incorrect numbers:
‘Because it didn’t necessarily affect (them). It was our mistake that ended up affecting the estimation of Hillary’s campaign.’
Sanders won the state 60 percent to 40 percent in the popular vote.
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H/T: Denver Post.