'Dems Have a Cluster-Rama Up Here;' Iowa Caucus Results Delayed Due to App Problems

February 2, 2016. I am attending Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) victory party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo credit: Kimberly Benz)

As I write this article, it is currently 3:30 am central standard time and we still have no clue which Democratic presidential aspirant actually won the Iowa Caucus.

In contrast, the Associated Press declared President Trump the victor in the Republican caucus about a half-hour after it began.

Four years ago, I was privileged to be a staff member on the Ted Cruz presidential campaigns in Iowa, South Carolina, and in my home state of Missouri.

As evidenced by the picture accompanying this article, we knew we were victorious by 10 pm CST. What a difference four years can make!

Democratic officials were initially denying it, but media reports say the app Democratic activists were using to report results did not work properly.

“A spokeswoman for the state party issued a statement late Monday denying that the delays were the result of the new app’s failure.“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said Mandy McClure, the spokeswoman. She added that this was “simply a reporting issue, the app did not go down and this is not a hack or an intrusion.”

My own source on the ground, Iowa Republican political operative Karen Fesler, confirmed to me in a text that the app was having problems:

“Dems have a cluster-rama up here. What I am hearing locally is the app that the Dems are using to report results is not working, there is a backup phone number but that has been overloaded. There are over 1,600 precincts.”

Of course, the Trump campaign is having a field day with this at the Democrats’ expense:

“Democrats are stewing in a caucus mess of their own creation with the sloppiest train wreck in history. It would be natural for people to doubt the fairness of the process. And these are the people who want to run our entire health care system? Tonight President Trump posted a record performance in the well-run GOP Iowa caucuses with record turnout for an incumbent.”

Whoever does end up being declared the winner of the Iowa caucus, two damaging questions will emerge from this fiasco for the Democratic Party.

One, are the Democrats really capable of implementing their big government spending plans without having a repeat disaster like last night?

Americans remember very well the intense hype during Obamacare’s initial implementation and the billion-dollar website that didn’t work properly.

Two, will the campaigns that didn’t do as well as they expected cry foul over the delay and suggest shenanigans occurred?

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale suggested in a Tweet that the DNC establishment is “rigging the process.”

I’ve written and said that Democrats have so many divisions within their Party this presidential cycle, that it will be very difficult for them to coalesce around their eventual nominee.

They have the “Establishment” wing versus the “AOC” wing. The “new generation” versus the “old generation.” The so-called “moderates” versus the so-called “progressives.”

Then you have “Black Lives Matter” questioning the civil rights records of Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete.

And then throw into the mix the two billionaires, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer, who have spent a combined $200 million dollars just on advertising.

I personally believe one of them (probably Bloomberg) will run as an independent if and when they don’t secure the nomination.

Yes, the Democrats do have a “cluster-rama” on their hands and it’s just not in Iowa. So grab your popcorn and buckle up your seat belts because this is going to be an entertaining and bumpy ride!

Christopher Arps
 

Christopher Arps is a managing partner with the public affairs and communications consulting firm Red Tail Strategies, LLC. He is a national advisory board member for the National Center for Public Policy Research's Project 21. He's the co founder of Move-On-Up.org. President of Americans for Citizen Voting (ACV), a 501c4 dedicated to the belief that only citizens should vote in our local, state and national elections. He's a guest host and contributor on his local conservative radio station (KFTK 97.1) in St. Louis, Mo.

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