Sanders, Buttigieg Campaigns Seek Re-Canvass; State Party Chair Responds


DES MOINES, Iowa - Two Democratic presidential campaigns have asked the Iowa state party to reexamine results from last Monday's Iowa Caucuses that were riddled with errors. Campaigns for former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders requested a re-canvass from certain precincts.

Sanders and Buttigieg have asked for a re-canvassing of 85 total precincts - 28 for Sanders and 66 for Buttigieg.

The state party says its Recount/Recanvass Committee will determine if the requests meet the required standard, and will inform the campaigns of its decision within 48 hours.

State Democratic Party Chair Troy Price says he doesn't know how long the review process will take.

If it determines a re-canvass is called for, the state party will examine the requested precincts and correct any discrepancies between reported results and official results from caucus night.

Price was asked at a Monday press conference if he thought Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez was “throwing him under the bus." He responded by saying he was disappointed with the chairman's comments.

Last week, Perez said "enough is enough" and called for a complete re-canvass of the caucuses before backtracking on the statement. Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", Perez said that after the election cycle there would be a conversation about whether state parties should be conducting primary contests.

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