Clinton’s Iowa Caucus Win Looks More Impressive In Retrospect

The Clinton campaign celebrated their Iowa Caucus victory back on February 1st, but they had certainly hoped for a larger margin. Nearly two months later, however, that win is looking better and better after a string of blowout defeats to Bernie Sanders in other caucus states. Sanders finally made up a bit of the delegate gap between him and Clinton on Saturday with large margins of victories ...
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Polk County Democrats Convention Turns Into A Total Disaster

On Saturday Polk County Democrats held their county convention to select delegates to go on to the district and state convention. It was an utter catastrophe. The county convention started at 9:00 AM, with many attendees arriving much earlier. The proceedings did not finish until close to 8:30 PM. During that time delegates and alternates from caucus night sat through repeated recounts, credent...
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Clinton Maintains Iowa Delegate Win In County Conventions

Hillary Clinton's campaign fought off a tough effort by Bernie Sanders' operation in county conventions throughout the state to determine the next round of delegates that eventually end up at the national convention. At the end of the day, Clinton stood at 704 state delegates and Sanders had 700. That's a slight improvement for both from caucus night's final results, when Clinton had 700.47 and Sa...
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Iowa’s Not Over Yet: Fight For Delegates Continues At County Conventions

Hillary Clinton's campaign plans on passing out buttons celebrating their candidate's glass ceiling-breaking win in the Iowa Caucus at the party's county conventions this Saturday. But to ensure that narrow record-setting victory Clinton achieved back on February 1 sticks, her supporters will need to turn out for the March 12 county conventions tomorrow for the next step in Iowa's delegate process...
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Iowa’s Not Over Yet: Fight For Delegates Continues At County Conventions

Hillary Clinton's campaign plans on passing out buttons celebrating their candidate's glass ceiling-breaking win in the Iowa Caucus at the party's county conventions this Saturday. But to ensure that narrow record-setting victory Clinton achieved back on February 1 sticks, her supporters will need to turn out for the March 12 county conventions tomorrow for the next step in Iowa's delegate process...
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Much Of Caucus Criticism Misplaced Or Misunderstood

Guest post by John McCormally The Register’s recent editorial “Something smells in the Democratic Party,” perpetuates misinformation about the historically close Iowa caucuses. Here’s the truth: The results were really close. When the results are so close, every little thing seems like a big problem. In reality, problems were minimal. There were 1,681 caucuses, and the overwhelming majo...
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Iowa Winners And Losers From The 2016 Caucus

The Iowa Caucus is done and over with, but the ramifications of the final results will live long for the national campaign, but also on what happens in Iowa after. Reputations have been made and tarnished during the caucus every cycle, and consequences over who backed who will continue to last into later Iowa elections. Here's a look at who helped themselves the most over the past year, and who su...
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The Fascinating Flip In Clinton’s Iowa Support From 2008

I was excited when I saw Hillary Clinton's final Iowa schedule. Sunday, her last day of full campaigning in the state, took her through Western Iowa, her stronghold of support from 2008. It was where I worked for her in 2008 in Council Bluffs, so I thought it would be a nice bit of nostalgia to follow along on the trip. But I was surprised at what I saw. The turnouts in Council Bluffs and Sioux...
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8 Early Takeaways From The Democrats’ Iowa Caucus Result

Throughout this week Starting Line will take a deep dive into the Iowa Caucus results and what it all meant, analyzing turnout patterns and what it means for the candidates' support moving forward. I'm still recovering from being up until 4:30 in the morning to write up the final results (and, you know, the entire last month of exhaustion), but wanted to get a couple early takeaways. Here's what I...
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Hillary Clinton Takes The Iowa Caucus In Narrow Win

It took until the wee hours of the early morning, but at 2:27 AM the Iowa Democratic Party released a statement on the "historically close" results of the 2016 Iowa Caucus. Hillary Clinton had taken the lead and won the caucus with 699.57 state delegate equivalents, with Bernie Sanders totaling 695.49 state delegate equivalents. Martin O'Malley, interestingly enough, made up more than the spread w...
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