Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez wants Iowa Democratic officials to recanvass the state’s entire caucus after Monday’s display turned into a national embarrassment and disgrace.
“Enough is enough,” Perez said in a tweet. “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.”
A recanvassing would stretch out the proceedings even longer, but it could reveal some discrepancies in the vote total. It would require caucus worksheets and reporting sheets to be audited by hand in order to ensure they were correct, at least theoretically.
It has been nearly three days since the Iowa caucuses were completed, but the results are not yet fully known. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is keeping his lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by an extremely narrow margin with 97 percent of the results being reported. It is still up for grabs at this point.
Nevertheless, Buttigieg declared himself the winner on caucus night before any totals had been released, which sparked a great deal of controversy.
“So we don’t know all the results, but we know by the time it’s all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation,” he said on Monday night while addressing his supporters in Des Moines. “Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
“We brought together an extraordinary coalition of Americans, progressives, moderates … and future former Republicans. And that’s how we’re going to win in November, because it’s about adding people to our cause, adding to our majority,” Buttigieg boasted.
“We have exactly one shot to defeat Donald Trump. We’re not going to do it by overreaching, we’re not going to do it by dividing, we’re not going to do it by saying ‘it’s my way or the highway,’ ” he added.
However, it may not have been Buttigieg’s coalition-building skills that gave him the edge in Iowa. It may have been dirty tactics at the caucus level and connections with the firm that designed the voter app that was reportedly the cause for all this mayhem.
Footage produced from a precinct caucus shows an official seemingly looking at the coin after flipping it and then turning it in a certain manner to award delegates to Buttigieg:
This is some wildly shady stuff. https://t.co/2ADxB10ktz
— Rebeccah Heinrichs (@RLHeinrichs) February 4, 2020
In addition, Buttigieg’s campaign paid tens of thousands of dollars last year to Shadow, Inc., the tech firm with extensive ties to the Democrat establishment that developed the malfunctioning app causing the Iowa caucus to devolve into a farce for Democrats. Pete for America, Inc. is listed as giving two payments of $21,250 to Shadow in July 2019.
Shadow is a tech project of ACRONYM. Free speech platform Gab noted that ACRONYM founder and CEO Tara McGowan is a huge Buttigieg supporter, as evidenced by her social media posts:
Welp, this Iowa voting app rabbit hole is getting crazy. There is a second company tied to this Shadow Inc company that reportedly developed the app.
— Gab.com (@getongab) February 4, 2020
A recanvassing may help straighten out some of the confusion, or perhaps deliberate rigging, of the Iowa caucus vote. But with Democrats in charge, there could possibly be even more hijinx and folly to emerge from the recanvassing effort as well.
Here’s Where Hispanics Will Play a Decisive Role in the 2020 Elections
In 2020, Hispanics will leave their mark in presidential elections.
During the present election cycle, Hispanics will be the country’s largest ethnic minority in a U.S. presidential contest. 32 million Hispanics will be expected to cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election. They will make up 13.3 percent of all eligible voters. That said, the number of Hispanic eligible voters is significantly lower than the 60 million Hispanics who live in the country.
Nationally speaking, 62 percent of Hispanic registered voters identify with or lean towards the Democratic Party On the other hand, 34 percent hold similar inclinations with the Republican Party.
Pew Research Center highlighted five key facts about the geographic distribution of the Latino vote for the 2020 presidential election:
Here are five facts about the geography of Latino voters for the upcoming 2020 presidential election:
1 Two-in-three Latino eligible voters live in just five states. California alone holds roughly a quarter of the nation’s Latino electorate, with 7.9 million Latino eligible voters. Texas is second with 5.6 million, followed by Florida (3.1 million), New York (2.0 million) and Arizona (1.2 million).
2 Latinos make up the highest share of eligible voters in New Mexico (43%). The other top states are California (30%), Texas (30%), Arizona (24%) and Florida (20%).
3 Texas’ 20th Congressional District is home to 359,000 Latino eligible voters, the highest number of any congressional district in the country. Texas’ 16th, 34th and 23rd districts, and Florida’s 26th District, round out the top five, each with at least 321,000 Latino eligible voters.
4 California’s 40th District has the nation’s highest share (80%) of Latinos among its eligible voter population. Texas is home to the next four highest districts, where at least seven-in-ten eligible voters in each are Latino: the 34th District (79%), 16th District (77%), 15th District (73%) and the 28th District (71%).
In 26 congressional districts, Latinos represent at least half of all eligible voters. Most are in California (11 districts) and Texas (eight districts). Florida (25th, 26th and 27th districts), Arizona (3rd and 7th districts), New York (15th District) and Illinois (4th District) also are home to congressional districts that meet this threshold.
5 Only about half of the nation’s 60 million Hispanics are eligible to vote – the smallest share of any racial or ethnic group. While the Hispanic population has grown rapidly in recent decades, many are not eligible voters. More than other racial or ethnic groups, many Hispanics are young (18.6 million are under 18 years old) or non-citizen adults (11.3 million, more than half of whom are unauthorized immigrants).
Hispanics will be one of the key constituents that will play a huge role in American politics from here on out. Despite all the media hype about them being a reliable bloc vote because of the GOP’s supposedly tough stances on immigration restriction, many Hispanics do in fact support tighter controls on immigration. Additionally, in certain crucial swing states such as Florida, Hispanics are beginning to head on over to the Republican side.
Trump’s national populism, not Hispandering, is key in making sure that Democrats don’t turn the Hispanic vote into a dominate segment of its coalition. All things considered, Hispanics will play a pivotal role in leading Donald Trump to victory on November 3.
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