Iowa election 2020 result was supposed to laud candidates’ back until now, but it has instead resulted in frustration and embarrassment for those waiting to know their standing. First of the multiple steps to find out who will contest the US election 2020 for Democrats, a potential winner to challenge Donald Trump in November is still awaited.
Hours after the caucuses started with Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden, campaigns were told early morning hours of Tuesday to not expect any results until later in the day. An Iowa Democratic said that the result was being collected, but did not offer the time limit required to declare the winner.
Facing bedlam amidst raging frustration, candidates took to the stage at their caucus headquarters one by one – at a time when the triumphant would usually bask in the glory of their huge achievement – to speak about their plans to glorify America.
As reports say, the delay is a result of state party’s new system, which is counting the votes from first rounds of voting. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results. In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report,” said Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure in a statement. “This is simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion. The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results,” the director added.
But despite the denials from the IDP that nothing was wrong with the application, multiple county chairs on Monday said that malfunctions delayed the reporting.
Act of Shame?
The deadlock presently threatens to nullify the efforts made by the eventual winner of Iowa election. And sends a shaming message towards a party that has been touting to fight the powerful President in Donald Trump. Democrats have often remarked how Trump is worthy of being impeached and not running the US election 2020. On the other hand, there are also questions raised over Iowa being the first choice on presidential calendar.
Even if it is technology and not intrusion, the problem is real for party’s counterparts in Iowa. Elections have to be fair, and even when it is agreed that everything would be done as per the regulated standards, a space for speculation would always remain open.
The Biden campaign has already written a letter to the Iowa Democratic party complaining about the “considerable flaws” in the vote reporting system. Kate Bedingfield, an aide to the former vice president, has raised doubts over on the morality of the elections. “The integrity of the process is critical, and there were flaws in the reporting systems tonight that should raise serious concerns for voters,” she said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg still seemed confident about the results despite delays and said: “By all indications, we are going to on New Hampshire victorious,” he said at a wild rally in Des Moines.
Amazingly, the delay has also given minnows time to eat more media footage. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, shrewdly bashed those in limelight and gave a pseudo-victory speech. “We know there are delays, but we know one thing – we are punching above our weight!”
Who wins Iowa Election 2020?
As per the exit polls, Sanders, Biden, Buttigieg and Warren were the early leaders among 11 candidates. But a lot has changed since, especially with the going down of system. Presently, to access the situation and to find out who will take the lead for the US Presidential election, campaign managers are stuck with ‘reading tea leaves’ from information sent via their team on field.
Still early, despite being late to call who is crowned the winner, the only surety that remains as of now is that we do not know what lies with future. Maybe, Pete Buttigieg is actually right or maybe Klobuchar is actually ” punching above our (her) weight!”
But we do know that it was a crucial first night that has awfully gone wrong. And if it opens door to some upset at this stage, Democrats might lose ground to contest Donald Trump, only in the very first Iowa election phase.