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Iowa Democratic Party chair resigns after caucus fiasco

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Iowa Democratic Party chair resigns after caucus fiasco

Iowa Democratic Party chairman Troy Price steps off the stage after talking about the technical issues that delayed the results of Iowa's Democratic caucuses during a news conference at the Iowa Events Center on February 4, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa .

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The Iowa Democratic Party chairman is stepping down, he announced on Wednesday, eight days after the Iowa committees became a national fiasco for Democrats.

"The fact is that the Democrats deserved better than what happened on the night of the caucus. As president of this party, I deeply regret what happened and take responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party," wrote Troy Price in his renounce. letter to the State Central Committee.

"While it is my desire to remain in this role and complete this process, I believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to start looking ahead, and my presence in my current position makes it more difficult."

The report totals were released by IDP by leaps and bounds in the days after the meeting. The results were delayed by what Price said was "coding problems"with a smartphone app that was being used to help tabulate the contest results for the first time.

That was not the only problem. The results of the caucus were also full of possible errors and inconsistencies that could affect the result of the contest, according to a review by the NBC News Decision Desk.

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg claimed victory in the contest, and the confusion resulted in a lack of delegates. granted until friday – three days after the election. Buttigieg received 14 delegates and Sanders 12.

The Democratic National Committee and the Sanders and Buttigieg campaigns called for a reclassification of certain areas, essentially a double check of the vote. The party said on Wednesday that the rescue would start on Sunday and last for two days.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly mocked Democrats for counting the vote count mess, and did it again earlier on Wednesday. "We were able to count our votes quickly. We knew within minutes of the vote how many votes we had, unlike Democrats," he told reporters at the White House during a meeting with the president of Ecuador.

Although Price took ultimate responsibility for what happened, he said in his resignation letter that there is a lot of guilt out there.

"There is no doubt that the process of disseminating the results did not work. It was simply unacceptable," he said. "That's why I asked for an independent review of the decisions and processes that led to this failure. While this process is just beginning, know that IDP is not the only party to blame for what happened last week. We work in collaboration with our partners, our suppliers and the DNC in this process, and I am confident that the review will be able to determine exactly what went wrong, what went right and how we can prevent it from happening again. "

Price also defended the way his team dealt with the aftermath of the caucus, saying they "worked under immense pressure" and faced "threats to personal safety, provocations and anger from people around the world".

"These are people who are working hard to achieve our common goal of electing Democrats in November, and I deeply regret that these dedicated officials in our party have been abused," he said.

The party will hold a meeting to elect an interim presidency on Saturday.

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