Who framed Roger Rabbit? Is there life on other planets? What were the results of the 2020 Democratic Iowa Caucus? These are questions we all have but may never know the answer to. At the time of writing this, the results for the Republican Iowa Caucus had been publicly known for almost 16 hours while not a single official vote had announced by the Iowa DNC.
Now, as Democrats scramble to unravel the mystery of who won the first in the nation vote and who will carry the momentum into New Hampshire, we are now learning the root cause of these problems is, unsurprisingly, tied indirectly to Hillary Clinton. Shocking, I know.
The unusual nature of electoral caucusing is in part to blame for the fiasco we’re experiencing. For those who aren’t familiar, three sets of votes must be recorded – the raw vote, the realigned vote after the first vote, and the delegate total. For the first time, the Iowa DNC required the reporting of all three sets of data, instead of just the final delegate count like in years priors in order to seem more transparent and dispel rumors among the Bernie Bro crowd of election interference on behalf of establishment candidates.
The DNC will also report all vote tallies at once, instead of releasing results as they come in, like every election ever.
To record the new inflow of data, Democrats turned to a tech start-up company named Shadow to develop an app for caucus reporting in order to “modernize” the process.
Shadow was founded in 2017 by Gerard Niemira and Krista Davis who, according to the LA Times, are veterans of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign. ACROYNM, Shadow’s parent company, was founded Tara McGowan, a digital producer with President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Iowa Democratic Party communications director Mandy McClure said in a statement Monday evening after it became obvious, we wouldn’t be getting results any time soon, “we found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”
The app designed to streamline reporting has now led to the longest vote tallying delay in modern American electoral history.
“This is simply a reporting issue,” McClure added, “the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”
Among Shadow’s clientele include Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, which paid $42,500 for “software rights and subscriptions, according to the FEC. “A spokesman for the campaign says the payment was for a service used to send text messages to voters. The campaigns of Joe Biden and Kirsten Gillibrand, who withdrew from the race last year, also made smaller payments to Shadow,” The LA Times added.
Momentum that comes with winning the electoral cycle’s first contest will be left unclaimed as the delays continue leaving some to wonder if there was a degree of foul play involved, especially under the circumstances surrounding Bernie’s better than expected performance and establishment favorite Joe Biden’s larger than life flop.
With #IowaCaucusDisaster, #PeteTheCheate, and #MayorCheat trending on twitter, the public now believes the delay could have been intentional in order to weaken the effect of more radical candidate’s unexpected victories in the state.
Amy Klobuchar was the first to declare victory last night, followed by Biden and Warren simultaneously, with Bernie, the suspected winner, closing out the night.
“I write on behalf of the Biden for President Campaign regarding the considerable flaws in tonight’s Iowa Caucus system,” Dana Remus, spokesperson for the Biden campaign wrote. “The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the party’s back-up telephonic system likewise has failed.”
Though it’s not much, The Bernie campaign released “internal reporting number, which represent the results from nearly 40 percent of precincts in Iowa,” early Tuesday morning. The numbers aren’t good for Biden and are fueling these conspiracy theories.
The polling shows Sanders in the lead with 29.66% in the final count, followed by Mayor Pete at 24.59%. Not too far off we have Elizabeth Warren at 21.24% trailed at a distance by assumed front runner Joe Biden with a low 12.37% of the final vote. Besides Amy Klobuchar coming in 5th with 11%, everyone else failed to break 1%.
Many other precinct secretaries have leaked the results on Twitter corroborating the feeling of a far-left win Monday night, but because those are unverified, I will not share them.
With Biden’s supposed epic fail in last night’s election, the massive disaster surrounding the tallying will overshadow his loss, and any boost Bernie, Pete, or Warren would have gotten from over performing will by mitigated ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary.
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