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Politics Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price to resign after caucus chaos

01:30  13 february  2020
01:30  13 february  2020 Source:   desmoinesregister.com

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The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party resigned Wednesday after overseeing a botched presidential caucus that led to days of confusion, chaos and anger as campaigns and voters waited for the final results. Troy Price will be likely be replaced by an interim chairman , state Representative

DES MOINES — Troy Price , the beleaguered chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party , resigned on Wednesday, a week after overseeing the chaotic Iowa caucuses that embarrassed the state and national party and left Democrats open to accusations of incompetence by President Trump’s

Troy Price resigned his position as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party on Wednesday as the organization grapples with the fallout of a botched caucus process that has left the party and state reeling.

"While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult. Therefore, I will resign as chair of the Iowa Democratic Party effective upon the election of my replacement," Price said in a letter to the Iowa Democratic Party's State Central Committee.

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Price said he will call for an emergency meeting of the state central committee at 1 p.m. Saturday to elect an interim chair.

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“Whomever is elected will oversee the completion of the recanvass and recount process and begin the process of healing our party,” he wrote.

Price, an Iowa native, worked as political director for Barack Obama's 2012 Iowa campaign and Hillary Clinton's 2016 Iowa campaign. He served as executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party before being elected its chair in July 2017 and reelected in 2018.

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More than a week after the party's Feb. 3 caucuses, final results from the night are still not available. Results from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary have already been called and Democratic presidential campaigns have moved on to focus their campaigns' efforts on Nevada and South Carolina.

Candidates have called for a recanvass of 143 precincts, including all of the party's in-state satellite precincts. The party also reviewed results from 95 precincts independent of the campaigns' requests.

The Associated Press still has not called a winner in the race.

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Sanders sent a letter to Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price on Monday asking for a recanvass of 25 precincts and three satellite caucuses , after his campaign said it had identified mathematical errors and inconsistencies in tabulations. The Vermont senator told Price that the

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Preliminary results show that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg holds a slim lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in state delegate equivalents, the traditional measure of success in Iowa. Sanders had more individual support at the caucus sites, a metric he aligned with a traditional primary election.

The unprecedented delay in reporting follows an organizational collapse on caucus night. Problems with a new cellphone app used to report results were rampant; chaos enveloped a call center that should have acted as a failsafe backup; and the data presented to the public even after days of "quality control" checks remained riddled with errors.

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"The challenges of reporting data and delays of publicizing the results were categorically unacceptable," Price said in a news conference Friday afternoon. "Iowa Democrats demand better of us. Quite frankly, we demand better of ourselves."

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Price announced Democrats would commission an independent investigation of "what went right, what went wrong, from start to finish" with the entire caucus process.

Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, has taken to publicly criticizing the Iowa party's handling of the caucuses. Though he said he shares some responsibility for the meltdown, he said he would "absolutely not" step down from his role.

"I'm frustrated. I'm mad as hell. Everybody is," Perez said during a recent appearance on CNN. "And I think what we're going to do at the end of this cycle ... is have a further conversation about whether or not state parties should be running elections."

With Perez among those leading the charge to review the presidential nominating process, calls to replace caucuses with primaries and remove Iowa from its coveted first-in-the-nation status have grown increasingly forceful.

Concerns over diversity and inclusion have risen to the forefront this caucus cycle as a presidential field that was at one point the most diverse in history has winnowed to a nearly all-white pool of candidates. The problems with this month's results have shifted the focus back to Iowa's arcane rules and complex process and will undoubtedly have repercussions for future election cycles.

Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Register. Reach her at bpfann@dmreg.com or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.

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This article originally appeared on The Des Moines Register: Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price to resign after caucus chaos

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