Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price dismissed DNC Chair Tom Perez’s call for a recanvass of the Iowa caucus vote Thursday after a mobile app’s failure led to tremendous delays and uncertainty about the accuracy of the totals.
“Enough is enough,” Perez said on Twitter. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
But in a statement, Price said the only way a recanvass would be undertaken is if a Democratic presidential candidate requests one and makes a credible case for why it is warranted.
“Should any presidential campaign in compliance with the Iowa Delegate Selection Plan request a recanvass, the IDP is prepared,” he said. “In such a circumstance, the IDP will audit the paper records of report, as provided by the precinct chairs and signed by representatives of presidential campaigns. This is the official record of the Iowa Democratic caucus, and we are committed to ensuring the results accurately reflect the preference of Iowans.”
AP says it cannot declare winner in Iowa Democratic caucus, based on arcane SDE calculations. But with 99% reporting, Sanders has 6,114-vote (3.5 percentage point) lead in first vote, 2,631-vote (1.6 point) lead in second vote. Neither is too close to call. Sanders won. pic.twitter.com/mXKwgb1OMb— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 7, 2020
A CNN analysis shows errors in the count reported by the Iowa Democratic Party. Multiple counties have reported a different number of state delegate equivalents than they were supposed to have, even though all precincts in the county have been tallied. https://t.co/AMrDxTAHtk https://t.co/HE7fJMOvQZ— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 7, 2020
Perez has refused to take responsibility for the trainwreck.
.@TomPerez declines taking responsibility for the Iowa fiasco.— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 7, 2020
CNN: “How much of this is on you?”
PEREZ: “Again, the Iowa Democratic Party runs the caucus. Okay? And they — what happened was unacceptable." pic.twitter.com/VGlLIeiAyD