Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refuses DNC Chair's Request For Recanvass

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Posted: Feb 07, 2020 7:30 AM
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refuses DNC Chair's Request For Recanvass

Source: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

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.”

There is still confusion about who won the Iowa caucus, with the AP unable to make a call and CNN pointing out there are errors in the IDP's count.

Perez has refused to take responsibility for the trainwreck.