A host of Today on NBC said that South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg likely cannot win the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
“You don’t meet a lot of guys like Mayor Pete who last long on a national level, because, quite frankly, he’s kind of boring,” Craig Melvin said Wednesday. “We’ve seen this from time to time in our politics, there’s a man or a woman who manages to capture our attention and then they fizzle, they fade, they peter out. What’s different this time?”
Buttigieg has been the surprise of the Democratic Party field, surging nationally as the upstart candidate while most expected newcomer Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke to fill that role. O’Rourke has faltered from the beginning.
But as political heavyweight and former vice president Joe Biden enters the race, doubts about outsider candidates – and even some well-known Democrats who were expected to perform well – have arisen.
Buttigieg, though, remains optimistic.
“We are very mindful that vaulting into the top three is nice, but it doesn’t win you the election,” he recently said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do now that is the glamorous on-the-ground blocking and tackling and organizing, especially in the early states, that really carries you through to the nomination. And that’s going to be our focus. I think we’ve established that this is not a flash in the pan.”
The top four Democratic Party candidates in most of Wednesday’s major polls were Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), in that order.
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Iowa Democratic Party Chair Resigns After Disasterous Caucus Management
The release of Iowa caucus results was extremely poorly managed.
The Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party is resigning after the party failed to promptly release results of the first in the nation Iowa Caucus.
Troy Price announced his resignation on Friday. He had become a target of criticism from Democrats in the state and nationally for the failure of the party to adequately release caucus results the night of the event.
The party claimed that it needed additional time to perform “quality assurance” on the election results, leading to a confusing situation in which final results for the caucus weren’t clear until about a week after the competitive contest. Ultimately Bernie Sanders won the caucuses’ popular vote, whereas Pete Buttigieg won the most delegates.
The Iowa party went on to blame the third-world style election processing on the failure of an app designed for precinct party leaders to report results. The confusion has cast a degree of doubt upon the caucus results, with some suspecting that a finger was placed on the scale in order to push the establishment favorite Buttigieg over the top.
The app the Iowa Democrats are blaming for the flop was developed by a suspect, oligarch-funded tech company with personnel connections to Buttigieg. The CEO of Acronym, the company that developed the “Shadow” app, is married to a senior staffer on the former South Bend mayor’s campaign, an obvious conflict of interest that somehow appears to have been either ignored or kept under the rug.
Price admitted that “Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night,” in a resignation letter. “As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party.”
Price’s resignation is the bare minimum. Voters in future primary states will be watching closely for incompetent election recording or potential shady tricks.
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