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DNC Chairman Tom Perez Calls For Immediate Recanvassing In Iowa Caucuses
Chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez speaks ahead of the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019.
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Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez called for an immediate recanvassing in the Iowa caucuses on Thursday after days of mounting concerns surrounding the accuracy of the results.

Perez’s call came after The New York Times reported on Thursday that the results “were riddled with inconsistencies and other flaws.”

“According to a New York Times analysis, more than 100 precincts reported results that were internally inconsistent, that were missing data or that were not possible under the complex rules of the Iowa caucuses,” The Times reported. “In some cases, vote tallies do not add up. In others, precincts are shown allotting the wrong number of delegates to certain candidates. And in at least a few cases, the Iowa Democratic Party’s reported results do not match those reported by the precincts.”

“Enough is enough,” Perez said. “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.”

“The state party, in reforms for 2020, introduced an opportunity for campaigns to request a recanvass and, if necessary, a recounct of the results if they are able to show that new figures could alter the allocation of delegates to the national convention in the summer,” The Washington Post reported. “The state’s rules do not explain how exactly a recanvass differs from a full recount, though both are more significant than a simple precinct review, which involves checking caucus-level anomalies.”

CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny added: “The Iowa Democratic Party did not have advance warning that @TomPerez was calling for a recanvass of the Iowa caucus results, two people familiar with the matter tell @CNN . Perez doesn’t point out that the DNC has been running the show in Iowa for the last 48 hours.”

“Before Perez’s announcement, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders were virtually tied at 26 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting,” Politico reported. Buttigieg led in percentage of state delegate equivalents by just one-tenth of a percentage point, but Sanders led in the popular vote by more than 2,500 votes. The Associated Press said the race was too close to call.”

Commentators and top surrogates for socialist Bernie Sanders responded by suggesting that the DNC was trying to stop Sanders from winning the state.

Far-left activist Shaun King wrote: “Let me see if I understand this. 97% of the votes are counted. Bernie surges and is about to take the lead in delegates. @TomPerez calls for something called a ‘recanvass.'”

Current affairs wrote: “Tom Perez steps in just as the last unreleased results threatened to put Bernie over the top and calls for the whole count to stop and be scrapped and started all over again.”

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