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Politics Iowa Democratic Party says it plans to begin recanvass of caucus results on Sunday

21:30  12 february  2020
21:30  12 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

DNC chair calls for immediate 'recanvass' of Iowa after botched caucus: 'Enough is enough'

  DNC chair calls for immediate 'recanvass' of Iowa after botched caucus: 'Enough is enough' DNC Chairman Tom Perez called for an immediate "recanvass" of Iowa as concerns mounted about the integrity of the results from Monday's first-in-the-nation caucuses in the state. "Enough is enough," Perez wrote in a post on Twitter. "In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass."Enough is enough.

The Iowa Democratic Party will begin a recanvass of the state's caucus results on Sunday after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg asked the party to reexamine its tallies.

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The state party said that it accepted the two campaigns' requests for a limited-scope recanvass of the caucus results. The candidates had raised concerns about reporting errors and inconsistencies in the data.

The party is expected to provide the campaigns with details related to the timeline of the recanvass and the costs for which campaigns will be responsible. After that, the campaigns will have 24 hours to decide whether they want to proceed with the recanvass.

Iowa Democratic Party asks campaigns to submit evidence of caucus count errors, extends deadline for recanvass requests

  Iowa Democratic Party asks campaigns to submit evidence of caucus count errors, extends deadline for recanvass requests "Due to delays in reporting and some inconsistencies in data, the IDP continues to be fully committed to ensuring the data reported matches the precinct records of result," the Iowa Democratic Party's statement said.The campaigns initially had until noon Friday to request a recanvass. The party's recanvass/recount committee voted unanimously to extend the deadline, and the party cited delays in reporting and "some inconsistencies in data" in a statement announcing the extension.

Once the process begins Sunday, the party said, it is expected to last for two days.

The announcement came more than a week after voters in Iowa logged their preferences in the Democratic presidential nominating contest. But the final results were delayed amid technical difficulties and reporting discrepancies that now threaten the state's preeminent position on the primary calendar.

Current caucus results show Buttigieg with a narrow lead over Sanders in the state delegate equivalent count, the traditional metric by which a winner is declared in Iowa. Both candidates have declared victory, with Sanders arguing that he received more total votes than Buttigieg.

The dispute over Iowa prompted the two campaigns to file requests for a partial recanvass of the results on Monday. Buttigieg's campaign said that its request would give it an additional 14 state delegate equivalents, while Sanders's request would net him an additional six.

The Iowa Democratic Party's announcement came a day after the New Hampshire primary, in which Sanders notched a narrow victory over Buttigieg. With 98 percent of precincts in the state reporting, the Vermont senator led his top rival by less than 2 percentage points.

Bernie Sanders' campaign to request recount of Iowa caucuses .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign plans to ask for a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results after the state Democratic Party releases the results of its recanvass. Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the campaign has had a representative in contact with the Iowa Democratic Party throughout the recanvass process. Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the campaign has had a representative in contact with the Iowa Democratic Party throughout the recanvass process. "Based on what we understand to be the results, we intend to ask for a recount," he said.

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