State Watch

Iowa Democratic Party names new chairman after caucus chaos

The Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) named a new chairman Saturday after its last leader resigned over the party's mishandling of the Democratic caucuses last week.

The IDP named state Rep. Mark Smith (D) as its new chair, replacing outgoing chair Troy Price, who announced his resignation Wednesday.

Smith won the job after a vote in an emergency meeting of the party's State Central Committee in Des Moines. He ran for the role against three other candidates.

Video showed Price receiving a standing ovation after he officially stepped down from the helm of the IDP.

"Goodbye, @iowademocrats - it's been the honor of my life to work with you and move our state forward. I look forward to fighting alongside all of you to win in November," Price tweeted.

The turnover at the top of the IDP comes after inconsistencies in reporting delayed the results of last week's Iowa caucuses and led to questions about who won the contest.

The campaigns of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg both requested partial recanvasses over the uncertainty, to which the IDP agreed. 

Buttigieg has appeared to have edged out Sanders in the share of delegates, but Sanders won the most votes. The Associated Press has still not declared a winner to the contest, citing technical errors and narrow margins.

Price was largely slammed for the IDP's handling of the caucuses, particularly over the use of a reporting app that was supposed to speed up delivery of the results, but instead produced the inconsistencies.

However, during Price's tenure, the IDP helped lead the fight to flip two congressional seats in 2018, leading Democrats to hold three out of four spots in the state's House delegation.