Washington, 13 February 2020 (dpa/MIA) – The chairman of the Democrats in the US state of Iowa, Troy Price, announced his resignation on Wednesday following a bungled caucus that left the party in disarray.
Price had been under fire since the Feb. 2 caucus, where technical glitches with a vote-reporting app led to errors and delays in the results.
“There is no doubt that the process of reporting results did not work. It was simply unacceptable,” Price wrote in a statement, promising that an independent review would determine how to prevent such a fiasco in the future.
“The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night.
“As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party,” he said.
An interim chair is to be elected on Saturday, Price said.
The issues with the caucus also opened the Democrats up to criticism from the Republican party, who used the chaos to paint the Democrats as disorganized and unable to govern.
Moderate former mayor Pete Buttigieg and left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders emerged as the frontrunners in Iowa, and both candidates have requested a review of some Iowa caucus tallies.