Iowa holds first caucus of the year

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Due to tabulation errors, immediate caucus results have been delayed in Iowa.

The 2020 Election Process started when Iowa held its first caucus on Feb. 3.

 According to PBS, a caucus “consists of meetings open to voters registered with each party where candidates are discussed and delegates are selected to go to larger caucuses and ultimately to the national conventions.”

According to PBS, Iowa traditionally hosts the first caucus of the election year and is the first event of the primary elections.

However, the normally esteemed event failed to complete its goal of calculating votes on time. Immediate Iowa results for the democratic candidates have been delayed.

Shawn Sebastian, the caucus secretary for story county precinct 1-1, tweeted on Feb. 3 that he had been waiting on the phone for over an hour to report his precinct’s results.  

The Washington Post said Shawn Sebastian told a reporter how convenient it was that he was hung up on after posting results on Twitter. 

“This is a real coincidence, Wolf,” Sebastian said to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview. “I just got off hold just now, so I gotta get off the phone to report the results.”

ABC News reported that Iowa caucus-goers were without results late Monday night and much of Tuesday after technical issues and confusion on the ground upended the vaunted caucuses. 

Tony Price, Iowa democratic party chair, apologized for the first Iowa caucus according to CNN

During a press conference, Price said Iowa is being cautious about protecting the integrity of the Iowa caucus by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data. 

“The bottom line is that we hit a stumbling block on the backend of the reporting of the data. But the one thing I want you to know [is that] we know this data is accurate,” Price said. “We also have a paper trail and documentation that will provide information to verify the information.”

ABC News reported 62 percent of precincts from all 99 counties have reported results. On Feb. 4, The Washington Post reported Pete Buttigieg got 26.9 percent of Iowa closely followed by Bernie Sanders who got 25.1 percent of the votes.  

 “A thorough transparent and independent examination of what occurred will follow,” Price said. “My number one priority has been on ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the results we have been working all night to be in the best position to report results.”  

Important upcoming dates for the 2020 primary election are as follows: 

  • February 7, 2020: Eighth Democratic primary debate

  • February 11, 2020: New Hampshire primary 

  • February 19, 2020: Ninth Democratic primary debate 

  • February 22, 2020: Nevada Democratic caucus

  • February 25, 2020: Tenth Democratic primary debate 

  • February 29, 2020: South Carolina Democratic primary 

  • March 3, 2020: Super Tuesday primaries

More information about upcoming election events can be found at the 2020 Presidental Race

Junior Christine Rost will be representing Warren at the county convention on March 1 at 10:00 a.m. in Sidney, IA. 

Stay tuned for future coverage on Rost’s journey as one of Fremont County’s delegates.