Iowa Democratic Party Will Not Conduct Caucus Recount


A spokesman for the Iowa Democratic Party told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the party will not recount the results of the caucus despite how close the race was.

Earlier on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Sanders campaign told the AP they were “still assessing” whether to ask for a recount. The AP later reported that the Sanders campaign does not plan to challenge the results.

Sanders Campaign Manager Jeff Weaver told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the campaign will review the caucus results. He said the campaign will look over the tally sheets and look “into a few other issues.”

“As an empirical matter, we’re not likely to ever know what the actual result was,” Weaver told the Post. “I think everybody has an interest in making it as accurate as possible.”

He said that the race’s the narrow margin, “arcane” caucus rules and delayed precinct reporting, as well as the technology used to tally the votes, made him question the results, according to the Post.

Hillary Clinton earned a narrow victory in the Iowa Democratic caucus, according to results released on Tuesday by the Iowa Democratic Party. Clinton was awarded 700.59 state delegate equivalents, while Sanders was awarded 696.82 state delegate equivalents, according to the party.

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