DNC chair calls on Iowa Democratic Party to begin recanvass of caucus results

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE on Thursday called for a recanvass in Iowa following chaos and delayed results during the state’s Democratic caucuses earlier this week.

“Enough is enough. 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,” Perez tweeted early Thursday afternoon.


A DNC official told The Hill the recanvas, distinct from a recount, will be a hand audit of caucus math worksheets and reporting forms to ensure they were properly tallied and reported.

Perez’s message came shortly after a New York Times report that found caucus results released Wednesday contained errors and inconsistencies that contradicted caucus rules in some cases, although the newspaper noted that there was no evidence the inconsistencies were intentional.

The results of the caucuses, which were not immediately available the night of the contest, have been slowly released in the days since, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II MORE (D) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) nearly tied in the delegate count and Sanders leading in the popular vote but with some of the vote still outstanding.


At the latest count, with 96 percent reporting, Buttigieg and Sanders were each projected to receive 11 pledged delegates at 26.2 percent for Buttigieg versus 26.1 percent for Sanders, followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass.) with five delegates and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE with zero, as of Thursday afternoon. 

Buttigieg initially declared victory in the caucuses Monday night, while Sanders proclaimed Thursday he'd won "a very strong victory" in Iowa and was looking forward to moving on New Hampshire.

An app used to report the results failed Monday night, with Shadow Inc. CEO Gerard Niemira saying he felt “terrible” for the problems, adding, “I’m really disappointed that some of our technology created an issue that made the caucus difficult.”

Perez addressed the technical failures earlier this week as well, tweeting, “What happened last night in Iowa should never happen again. We have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted.”

“It is clear that the app in question did not function adequately. It will not be used in Nevada or anywhere else during the primary election process. The technology vendor must provide absolute transparent accounting of what went wrong," he added.


Buttigieg’s showing raises the stakes for the New Hampshire primary, where numerous polls show Sanders in the lead ahead of the Tuesday vote.

—Updated at 1:22 p.m.