Update: 6.00 am London time
If Pete did not actually come in first, his speech will make him look like an unreliable doofus.
But on the other hand, if he didn't win, his campaign is in trouble anyway. So what does he really have to lose?
— Jordan Weissmann (@JHWeissmann) February 4, 2020
Here's the story of the app https://t.co/jFd7TVIHHZ
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) February 4, 2020
The Iowa Democratic Party said it has found “inconsistencies” in the reporting of the caucus results, but says there was no “hack” or “intrusion" https://t.co/JRYvlDWxJR
— POLITICO (@politico) February 4, 2020
Per NBC, Iowa Dems hung up on campaign staffers after a briefing got heated. It just gets dumber as the evening progresses.
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) February 4, 2020
Iowa county Democratic party chairman to me on the future of the caucuses:
"There were 49 other states saying why does Iowa get to do this?… And now we just poured a gallon on kerosene on what was a shouldering ember.”
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) February 4, 2020
NEWS: Biden campaign lawyer writes to Iowa Democratic Party criticizing "acute failures" in results reporting.
They demand "explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control" plus a chance to respond "before any official results are released." pic.twitter.com/qKkT4VvUGr
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 4, 2020
"The idea of the caucus itself has failed to meet the viability threshold," says CNN's Van Jones, reacting to the delay in reporting results in Iowa. "You only have one job, Iowa." #cnnelection https://t.co/XiFMV7VEcz pic.twitter.com/Hg78imiOAZ
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 4, 2020
The DNC and the Iowa Democratic Party have engineered a nightmare. People are going to lose their minds over the result, whatever it is. Epic, raw incompetence.
— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) February 4, 2020
Who could have ever predicted that attempting to record votes using an untested mobile app from a vendor the Iowa Democratic Party refused to disclose could be so problematic https://t.co/mfKcptKspR
— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) February 4, 2020
This is an app that had to work for six hours for a couple thousand people tops. The app had to send a few sets of numbers to a centralized database.
I understand how important encryption and security is here, but how hard could it have possibly been to not mess this up?
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) February 4, 2020
I did think it was weird when they announced that “La La Land” won the Iowa caucus
— Will Bunch 🆘 (@Will_Bunch) February 4, 2020
Insofar as the delay blunts the impact of the results, Biden is dodging a bullet. In my precinct, in a room of 800 committed Democrats, he barely broke 5%, barely better than Yang, half as well as the Mayor of South Bend, IN, and got nothing. Abysmal. I think he's toast.
— Will Wilkinson 🌐 (@willwilkinson) February 4, 2020
The later tonight that results come out, the less of a "bump" the eventual winner gets out of Iowa. Fewer hours pre-Trump State of the Union and Senate impeachment vote to seize attention and, thus, momentum.
New Hampshire is licking its chops…
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) February 4, 2020
Now a guy who can't tell Kansas from Missouri can crow about the cluelessness of the Democratic Party.
— Quentin Hardy (@qhardy) February 4, 2020
WATCH: In one Iowa caucus, new rules cause confusion on alignment leaving the precinct with questions about missing delegates. #Decision2020@CalNBC: "The problem in this location is that a lot of people went home. Or in this case, back to their dorms." pic.twitter.com/wSisl0FAaL
— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) February 4, 2020
Just in: Our first official statement from the Iowa Democratic Party.
The big news here is TURNOUT. They say it's on pace for 2016, which is LOW. 172,000 turned out in then, down from the record-high of 240,000 in 2008. pic.twitter.com/MXGBKO64gc
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) February 4, 2020
Unreal. A precinct secretary was on hold on the hotline for an hour and they took him off hold as he was talking to CNN. He didn't respond fast enough and they hung up on him. pic.twitter.com/hPgKhDge7i
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 4, 2020
I hate to say it but this is finally the end of the Iowa caucuses. If I were a campaign I would give my speech and get in to N.H.
— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) February 4, 2020
Misleading social media posts targeting specific candidates, or even the whole electoral process, are likely to intensify over the course of the presidential race. We're getting a taste of that during the Iowa caucuses. #Election2020 https://t.co/ReVxYDVRp9
— AP Fact Check (@APFactCheck) February 4, 2020
America: We Swear It Still Works, No Really
— Max J. Rosenthal (@maxjrosenthal) February 4, 2020
Earlier: Iowa Casts 2020’s first votes
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 4, 2020
They’re actually ENTRANCE polls…
lol wtf exit polling appears to have gotten a bit more risk-averse pic.twitter.com/ZxDArAOyMM
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 4, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) February 4, 2020
Iowa’s Democratic Party is instituting a revolutionary new tool that no computer hacker can possibly defeat: a 2,200-year-old technology called “paper.” https://t.co/eGYEM2wsVX
— Vox (@voxdotcom) February 3, 2020
Senator @BernieSanders is the only viable candidate at the first caucus of the day in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. 14 of 15 stood for Sanders, 1 for @ewarren. Warren is not viable here in Ottumwa. Warren's supporter declined to realign. pic.twitter.com/SvqqjaVppA
— Paige Godden (@PaigeGodden) February 3, 2020
Allow me to summarize: a 1st place finish in #IowaCaucuses would be a HUGE deal for every candidate except… @BernieSanders, for whom it's expected so nothing to see here. Move along. Campaigns that break every rule in the establishment playbooks win Iowa all the time. https://t.co/886o4XcoJ6
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) February 3, 2020
holy shit folks. Sanders might cheat in Iowa…. by accurately providing the election results, in real-time pic.twitter.com/liIM1T2sIR
— jack allison (@jackallisonLOL) February 2, 2020
Butter knives to a gun fight. Are Dems going to let Sanders romp unchallenged? Donald Trump’s dream scenario (and also how he won against GOP in 2016, who didn’t hit him until it was too late) https://t.co/6K3FEtygBr
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) February 4, 2020
— NY For Sanders #Bernie2020 (@NYforSanders) February 3, 2020
This is a cute story and makes me feel better about Mayor Pete.
However, it also drives home the point that a man blogging for Slate, FOUR YEARS AGO, is a leading contender for President of the United States.
— Ellsworth J. Abercrombie IV (@AnyDemIn2020) February 3, 2020
Meanwhile at the GOP caucus…
— The Hill (@thehill) February 3, 2020
— Bleeding Heartland (@LauraRBelin) February 4, 2020
Democrats and Republican lawmakers are bracing for a whole new level of partisan belligerence from President Trump at the SOTU https://t.co/hntPW3dgFi
— Roll Call (@rollcall) February 4, 2020
It's hard to believe how many *GOPrs* are casually saying that – by letting Trump skate – they think it's possible he will try to have Bill Barr order Bolton's arrest and trial – because he wrote a book.
Who could believe this would be even in the realm of thought before 2016?
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) February 4, 2020
Lessons from Russia on opposing autocracy: https://t.co/9tNruka4i1
— The New York Review of Books (@nybooks) February 4, 2020
If the President believes the Kansas City Chiefs play for Kansas and not Missouri, that's perfectly true so long as the President believes it's in the best interest of America.
— Alan Dershowitz, probably.
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) February 3, 2020
The death toll in mainland China from a new virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now at 20,438. https://t.co/k6PKZlWE9v
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 4, 2020
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 4, 2020
— Bloomberg (@business) February 4, 2020
Meanwhile in Ireland…
Just to make clear, this surge in support for Sinn Fein is not based on some type of #Brexit inspired Irish nationalism but rather the party’s alternative agenda on tackling the problems around housing and healthy in the Irish State https://t.co/xjV0s1FCld
— Darren McCaffrey (@DarrenEuronews) February 3, 2020
Two months ago, SF were heading for a hammering, now they're first. Amazing turnout around & demonstration there is a need for a better critique of SF from the other parties than has existed up until now.
Leo taking FG to a worse defeat that Noonan did in 2002. https://t.co/3XQWx2unqN
— David McCann (@dmcbfs) February 3, 2020
“The prime minister could have tried to heal the divisions. Instead he’s preparing the ground to blame Europe once Brexit’s damage is clear” https://t.co/p4Ce00gIKN
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) February 3, 2020
Brexiteers see the reintroduction of blue British passports as a welcome restoration and a powerful symbol. For those who opposed the vote, however, it’s a stark reminder that they and their children have been deprived of European citizenship. https://t.co/0B7suYG28C
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) February 4, 2020
Tories: 52% is the will of the people to deliver Brexit.
Also Tories: 52% is not enough support for a referendum on Scottish independence.
— Ross Colquhoun (@rosscolquhoun) February 3, 2020
Here we go on press freedom." We can chose who we want to brief" says Downing St. No you can't – it's all or none https://t.co/aEnAZNypyL
— Guy Wilkinson (@guyalexwilkins1) February 3, 2020
— Alison Murray 🇪🇺 🖤 🕯️ 🐟 🕷️🖋️ 💫 (@AlisonKMurray) February 3, 2020
A reminder, if one was needed, that Britain faces a Customs burden within its own borders.https://t.co/FGkc2AdkVD
— Best For Britain (@BestForBritain) February 3, 2020
British PM Johnson said Monday that the automatic early release of convicted terrorism offenders from prison must end after an Islamist attacker, recently released from prison, injured 2 people in a stabbing rampage in London this weekend. https://t.co/9qPGAEStci
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 3, 2020
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was “angry” about the government’s handling of the situation after the second attack in 3 months by men convicted of terrorism-related offenses https://t.co/2XsvVHZN4S
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 3, 2020