Last night’s Iowa caucus is best described as a catastrophe. There were problems with the voting app, delays reporting and tabulating results, confusion, drama, conspiracy theories, and premature victory laps by no less than five candidates. As of Tuesday morning, it still isn’t clear which Democratic presidential candidate won.
The Democratic party on the national, state and local levels is busy trying to sort through a mess that has already become a public relations nightmare. There are serious questions to be answered in the days and weeks ahead.
For many, this episode makes the case for paper ballots. Some have called for ending caucuses in favor of primaries and questioned Iowa’s outsized role in the presidential nomination process.
Amused social media users, meanwhile, have memed the debacle, which also inspired #IowaCaucusDisaster to trend on Twitter. There are cats declaring victory, Sesame Street characters, Florida jokes, and more clowns than a casting call for It.
I woke up this morning to read up on some election results and learned about the debacle. Then I was thankful that for once, #Florida didn't screw up an election. #IowaCaucusDisaster pic.twitter.com/j395E17ERS— Luis Hernandez (@RadioLFH) February 4, 2020
The results are set to be released later today (or maybe even tomorrow).
There are some indications that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will be declared the winner. Sanders and the other candidates are already well on their way to New Hampshire, though.