by Charlotte Eby - Managing Director of Government Affairs, LS2group
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Iowa presidential caucuses under fire after results delayed for days
Results of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses were marred Monday night with delays and technical errors, with no definitive winner declared after months of intense campaigning. The caucuses came under a harsh national spotlight when networks that had come to Iowa to broadcast results had no winner to report on caucus night. One news outlet described the night as an “epic meltdown.” By Thursday morning, Democrats Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were locked in a dead heat as results trickled in from the last precincts.
The Iowa Democratic Party, which administers the caucuses, blamed the delays on a faulty phone app that precincts were supposed to use to report results. Instead, many of the local officials chose to report their results by phone, jamming phone lines for hours.
None of the large field of candidates got the type of media bounce a caucus winner typically enjoys. Soon after the caucuses were over, candidates and their campaigns already were headed to New Hampshire, which holds its presidential primary on Feb. 11.
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