As the Democrat party in Iowa continues the scramble to release the results of last night's votes, many are calling for the end of the caucus process.
This is a total embarrassment for the Iowa Democratic Party and the Iowa Caucus. At this rate, no candidate will speak before midnight ET.— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) February 4, 2020
It’s time to end the Iowa Caucus.
Sen. Dick Durbin: "I think the Democratic caucus in Iowa is a quirky, quaint tradition which should come to an end. As we try to make voting easier for people across America, the Iowa caucus is the most painful situation we currently face for voting." @MSNBC— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 4, 2020
An adviser for one of the Dem campaigns tells me this is going to be the end of the Iowa caucus. "It's dead. The campaigns gave them millions of dollars. It's dead."— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 4, 2020
But President Donald Trump is urging voters to put the responsibility of a chaotic night right where it belongs: on Democrats, not on the process. After all, Republicans had no issues reporting their results.
It is not the fault of Iowa, it is the Do Nothing Democrats fault. As long as I am President, Iowa will stay where it is. Important tradition! https://t.co/bX3FLvua1C— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2020
The Democrat Party in Iowa really messed up, but the Republican Party did not. I had the largest re-election vote in the history of that great state, by far, beating President Obama’s previous record by a lot. Also, 97% Plus of the vote! Thank you Iowa!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2020
Republican Senators from Iowa and the governor are doing the same.
“Iowa’s unique role encourages a grassroots nominating process that empowers everyday Americans, not Washington insiders or powerful billionaires. The face-to-face retail politics nature of Iowa’s caucus system also encourages dialogue between candidates and voters that makes our presidential candidates accountable for the positions they take and the records they hold," Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley released in a joint statement with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. “Iowa’s large population of independent voters and its practice of careful deliberation contributes greatly to the national presidential primary and makes it the ideal state to kick off the nominating process."
"Iowa’s bipartisan first-in-the-nation status helped lead to the nomination of President Obama and has the full backing of President Trump. The process is not suffering because of a short delay in knowing the final results. Iowans and all Americans should know we have complete confidence that every last vote will be counted and every last voice will be heard," they continued. “We look forward to Iowa carrying on its bipartisan legacy of service in the presidential nominating process.”
The Iowa Democrat Party announced Tuesday morning they will release the results "as soon as possible."