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Caucus-pocalypse, day 3: An almost-finished count, phone trolls, a hackable app and a call to recanvass

On Thursday, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez used his Twitter account to publicly called for a recanvass of the Iowa Caucus results. A recanvass would involve auditing the reported results using the results reporting sheets filled out at each caucus precinct. Following Perez’s tweet, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) sent out a written statement […]

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Sanders earned more supporters but fewer delegates than Buttigieg, according to partial caucus results

The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) released results from 1099 of 1765 caucus precincts, or 62.3 percent, on Tuesday afternoon. The partial results show Pete Buttigieg in the lead in the numbers of delegate awarded by the IDP, followed closely by Sen. Bernie Sanders. But more people supported Sanders than Buttigieg in the final alignments last night. […]

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‘Iowa, you have shocked the nation’ as a smartphone app derails reporting of Democratic caucus results

After a year of almost constant campaigning by 26 Democratic candidates, and promises by the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) that this year’s caucus would provide more information than ever before—thanks in large part to precinct managers using a new smartphone app—there was no reliable information reported by the IDP on Monday night […]

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Eat like your favorite 2020 candidate

Due to an influx of aspiring presidents every four years, many classic Iowa foods have been imbued with politics, from Iowa State Fair pork on a stick to Hamburg Inn pie shakes — even ranch! But Iowa has more to offer than the Midwest staples consumed on-camera by candidates pandering to the nation’s first caucusers. As White House […]

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Why is Iowa first?

It’s a question that’s been asked with increasing frequency over the past four decades: Why does Iowa go first in the presidential nominating process? Is it because the state is a unique repository of American values? Or because Iowans are remarkable judges of character? As flattering as those explanations may be, neither is correct. The reason Iowa […]

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The strange case of John Delaney

Presidential candidate John Delaney can’t win. Literally. Also, metaphorically. The first part should be obvious. Delaney stands no chance of winning the Iowa Caucus. Or finishing second. Or third. He won’t win a caucus or primary in any state. But the conventions of American political journalism prevent reporters from acknowledging certain […]

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