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Gabbard calls on DNC chairman to step down after Iowa 'debacle'

Gabbard calls on DNC chairman to step down after Iowa 'debacle'
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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE (D-Hawaii) called on 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 to step down following the chaotic Iowa caucus. 

Gabbard said in an email sent to supporters Sunday that the "trust" voters deserve under Perez's leadership "has been broken."

“That’s why today I’m asking that you join me in demanding that Tom Perez accept responsibility for this gross failure in leadership and resign now,” Gabbard wrote, linking to a petition calling for the party chair’s resignation. 

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“Under the leadership of Tom Perez, the DNC has kowtowed to billionaires, caused a debacle in Iowa, and undermined the voter’s trust in our elections,” she added. 

Gabbard’s campaign prioritized its efforts in New Hampshire, opting to skip placing a focus in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses. She still faces an uphill battle in New Hampshire, registering at 2.7 percent support in New Hampshire polls, according to a RealPoliticsAverage

The Iowa Democratic Party blamed its delay in results on an app the party was using. 

Perez said Sunday on CNN he is “absolutely not” considering resigning after the chaos. His response came after Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeFudge on police shootings: Officers want to go home each night, and 'so do we' Julia Letlow sworn in as House member after winning election to replace late husband Working for lasting change MORE (D-Ohio) called for him to step down.  

A spokesperson for the DNC was not immediately available for comment Sunday in response to Gabbard’s call for Perez to step down.