Des Moines—Over the past week, to ensure the accuracy of our results the Iowa Democratic Party worked with the Sanders campaign, the Clinton campaign and local party leadership to review results from 14 precinct caucuses.
Full results can be found HERE.
These follow-up reviews were in addition to the work we did on caucus night, where we worked with the campaign representatives in our tabulation room and our precinct and county chairs to resolve any issues that arose from the 1,681 Democratic precincts.
We reviewed the 14 precincts on a case-by-case basis, and in each instance reached out to our precinct and county chairs on the ground for a full accounting of the results. Nine of the 14 precincts were confirmed to be correct as reported on caucus night, while five instances of reporting errors were found:
Marion County, Knoxville 3 Precinct:
Reported As: 5 county convention delegates for Clinton, 4 county convention delegates for Sanders
Confirmed As: 4 county convention delegates for Clinton, 5 county convention delegates for Sanders
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.13 state delegate equivalents (SDEs); Clinton loses 0.13 SDEs
Woodbury County, 43 Oto/Oto Township Precinct:
Reported As: 1 county convention delegate for Clinton
Confirmed As: 1 county convention delegate for Sanders
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.15 SDEs, Clinton loses 0.15 SDEs
Osceola County, Ashton Precinct:
Reported As: 3 county convention delegates for O’Malley, 4 county convention delegates for Sanders
Confirmed As: 4 county convention delegates for O’Malley, 3 county convention delegates fro Sanders
Net Change: O’Malley gains 0.0167 SDEs, Sanders loses 0.0167 SDEs
Story County, Sherman Township Precinct:
Reported As: 1 county convention delegate for Sanders
Confirmed As: 1 county convention delegate for Clinton
Net Change: Clinton gains 0.23 SDEs, Sanders loses 0.23 SDEs
Poweshiek County, 1st Ward Grinnell:
Reported As: 18 county convention delegates for Sanders, 8 county convention delegates for Clinton
Confirmed As: 19 county convention delegates for Sanders, 7 county convention delegates for Clinton
Net Change: Sanders gains 0.072 SDEs, Clinton loses 0.072 SDEs
Total net Change:
Sanders gains 0.1053 SDEs
Clinton loses 0.122 SDEs
O’Malley gains 0.0167 SDEs
Clinton: 700.47 SDEs (–0.122 SDEs) 49.84%
Sanders: 696.92 SDEs (+0.1053 SDEs) 49.59%
O’Malley: 7.63 SDEs (+0.0167 SDEs) 0.54%
Uncommitted: 0.46 SDEs (unchanged) 0.03%
The precinct caucuses are just the first step in the Iowa Democratic Party’s caucus-to-convention process. In March, county convention delegates will elect delegates to the district and state conventions, who will then elect delegates to represent Iowa at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Following credentialing procedures, if there are disputes on the seating of specific county convention delegates, they will be taken up by the county convention credentialing committees.
“I would like to thank the campaigns and local party leadership for working so hard on caucus night and in the following days to ensure that our results are accurate,” said IDP Chair Dr. Andy McGuire. “I am extremely proud of the collaborative relationship we have with all parties involved, and together we have made updates at five precincts, affecting only five county convention delegates out of more than 11,000 elected on Caucus night.
“We are proud of the more than 171,000 Iowa Democrats who came out to caucus on Monday night for our fantastic candidates and in support of the Democratic values of inclusion, opportunity, and equality. After every caucus, the party goes through a self-examination process to discuss what went right, and what can be improved upon. It’s through this process that this year we launched our first ever Tele-Caucus and satellite caucuses, after we had listened to Iowans telling us we needed to take proactive steps to expand participation.
“This process will continue this year, and in conjunction with our State Central Committee, our partners and our allies, I will convene a committee to ensure we can improve on our caucus process while preserving what makes it special.
“We look forward to our county conventions in March.”