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Iowa Caucuses: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Kick off Election Season

Iowa Caucuses: 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Kick off Election Season


The 2020 presidential election officially begins tonight at 8 p.m. ET across the state of Iowa.

Top Issues

Iowans care more about health care by a long shot over other issues.

41% Health care
21% Climate change
17% Income inequality
14% Foreign policy

Pictures From Iowa


Why you will hear realignment:

First comes the aptly named first round.

That’s when caucus participants break into their presidential candidate preference groups, moving to one part of the room to indicate support for a certain candidate.

After that happens, each group is counted. A candidate typically needs 15% of the vote to be viable (aka make it to the next round).

If a candidate doesn’t meet the 15% threshold, those participants can then realign (get it?) to support another candidate. The Iowa Democratic party’s new rules now say only participants with non-viable candidates can realign.

That realignment process happens until the final round, when all candidate groups meet 15%. Then, the caucus precinct chair determines how many county delegates are assigned to each candidate group.

The winner of the Iowa caucuses is based off the delegate allocation, rather than popular vote (similar to the electoral college).

Problems With a Caucus-Counting Mobile App

A source told CNN that the Democratic Party has encountered problems with an app that should “transmit vote totals from precincts to state headquarters.” More:

Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Mandy McClure tells CNN that, from the beginning, party officials have been prepared to deal with issues of human error and poor cell service as they arise. The app is not the only option to forward precinct vote totals.

“The IDP is working with any precinct chairs who want to use the optional tabulation application to make sure they are comfortable with it,” McClure said. “We’ve always been aware that many precinct chairs prefer to call in results via a secure hotline, and have systems in place so they can do so.”

Linda Nelson, a chairperson for the Pottawattamie County’s Democratic party, posted a call for help on Facebook:

“I still cannot get my caucus app to work. I get to the point of adding my precinct PIN from the math worksheet, I continue to get the error message. What am I doing wrong?”

While precinct totals may be transmitted with the mobile app, the party is using presidential preference cards for each voter to create a paper backup system for tonight’s caucuses.

The state Democratic party organization oversees tonight’s contest.

The Caucus

I still don’t fully understand caucuses:

Delegates are awarded based on those who reach a certain threshold of support by the end of the night.

For the Democratic caucuses, voters will split up into different sections of the room dedicated to their presidential candidate of choice. Typically, a candidate needs 15% of the vote to remain viable, as determined by the amount of people participating in the precinct location. Smaller locations may have different viability thresholds.

If a candidate is not viable, their voters can realign to another viable candidate or join together to create a group in support of another candidate that meets the threshold.

Iowa Republican caucusgoers will vote by secret ballot, not by standing up in different groups like Iowa Democratic caucusgoers.

It takes place in 1,678 caucus locations along with 87 satellite locations. They even have one in Tbilisi, Georgia!

The Democrats have a chance of getting 41 delegates.


Apparently they learned from the Master:


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Doesn’t matter anyhow…. I think that Biden will be the presumed nominee, until the convention at which point Bloomberg will become “the compromise everyone can live with” – at great expense to Mike’s pocketbook but, hey! He has a big pocketbook.

I also see Hillary as VP but that’s another drink.

Let’s have another coin toss!

So reporting will be spiked due to cell phone problems?

Just kidding. I think.

Cell phones can use wifi now, in places with no cell coverage.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Petrushka. | February 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    jack allison @jackallisonLOL

    holy (Schiff) folks. Sanders might cheat in Iowa…. by accurately providing the election results, in real-time

I hope the DNC has voting in my state. I just want to go in and vote for the crappiest choice most likely to lose and leave. I don’t want to sit in close quarters with a bunch of smelly nonbathing Leftists.

Why does the picture only show 5 of the 7 dwarfs?

Why does the picture only show 5 of the 7 dwarfs?

No, I am not a Democrat but Independents are allowed to vote in my state. I voted for Bernie in the primary 2016 to give Hillary the finger. Not sure who I will be voting for this round as they all look like losers.

Creepy, sleepy, crazy 30330 quid pro joe.
Comrade bernie.
Failed Mayor buttedge-edge.
Pocahontas warren.
Cruella De klobuchar.

Ukraine about to blow up.
john kerry rigging against bernie.
Mayor pete doesn’t need any skeletons to hurt his chances because he doesn’t have a chance to begin with.
liz can’t open her mouth without a lie tumbling out.
myon burrell set to haunt mean girl amy.

This is going to be one heII of an election season.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to CKYoung. | February 3, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    For Democrats it will be another “erection season” to erect post-turtles………

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 3, 2020 at 10:06 pm

Ripley’s Believe it or Not – 2020 edition

Live Iowa Results – New York Times Results
Buttigieg 886
Sanders 762
Biden 519
Klobuchar 499

Mini Mike? Not reported

See the DNC RIGGING right before your eyes folks. Step right this way.

First results reported for caucus alignment votes.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | February 3, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Keep seeing reports around the web that Peter Paul won the Iowa caucus….

    Can it be the DNC rigged it that obviously?

    Methinks so.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | February 3, 2020 at 10:27 pm

      Phil Elliott

      It’s official at Drake: only Warren, Sanders and Buttigieg are viable at this site.

      With Yang, Biden and Klobuchar failing viability test, a protest move by their backers is made to caucus for Cory Booker — who is not in the race any longer.

      “We will rise” is the chant from the protest bloc of former Biden, Yang and Klobuchar backers at this Drake U caucus site.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | February 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

    With this morning’s facts,
    I don’t believe that NYT report.

The app failing isn’t a failure, it is a feature, how else can they get the results they want?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to oldgoat36. | February 4, 2020 at 10:16 am

    “(The) Ap that supposedly was behind the Iowa crisis, (and) the “shadow” tech company that was behind the Ap and directly connected to the Clinton DNC apparatus; which also just happens to have a connection to Buttigieg……

Eastwood Ravine | February 4, 2020 at 12:12 am

All the time and money Democrat candidates spent campaigning in Iowa was all for nothing. Like impeachment.

damn nice of them to stop pretending…

when does Shrillery make an appearance?

either as candidate or VP? (and who would be suicidal enough o take her as Veep?

All I can say is how sexist Democrats are. Women are not just 20% of the population.

Hard to understand how a party so adept at rigging elections is having such a hard time now. Have to work the bugs out of the new technology before November.

What a state of affairs. What a set of freaks.

They can only exist with the complicity of the GOP.

IneedAhaircut | February 4, 2020 at 3:59 am

They’re going to blame it on Russian hackers instead of their own incompetance.

The app was designed by laid off MSM hacks who learned to code.

The Democrats stop at nothing. They don’t want Sanders to be the nominee. They will delay reporting results until the news cycle has passed. WOW how corrupt.

I am all for chaos in the Democratic Party. The more the better.

They are in such disarray and state of panic that the only process in evidence is “Every polymorphic life form for itself! Shut up! No YOU shut up!”.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 4, 2020 at 6:14 am

Mission Accomplished – Chaos in Iowa Caucuses Helps and Hurts All The Right Candidates…

From the DNC Club’s perspective there were three strategic needs surrounding the Iowa caucuses: (1) Hide the collapse of Joe Biden; (2) Diminish the win by Bernie Sanders; and (3) cover-up a less than enthusiastic voter turnout. Given the nature of very public primary races, this three-pronged challenge seemed almost impossible.


If everything just seemed to collapse, go wrong, and become a mess; and if the end of the night outcomes could be delayed and undetermined; well, in that scenario the objective would be considered ‘mission accomplished‘ on all three points.

That exact scenario just ,,,,happened.

Or, they could just take a frikkin vote on a paper ballot like normal elections

The Friendly Grizzly | February 4, 2020 at 8:08 am

This fiasco with the cell phone voting gives Seattle something to look forward to.

After 8 years of Common Core Math, how would of today’s ANY non- private schooled/non-homeschooled/non-charter schooled youth know how to tally up the results of the Iowa Caucus Crack-up?

“We don’t know who won. Ask Bloomberg. He bought us out.”