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Iowa caucuses didn’t go as expected. Now we have #IowaCaucusDisaster

Twitter was still lamenting over the Iowa caucus results — or lack thereof — Tuesday morning

Surveillance cameras recorded images provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows a man breaking into the Iowa Capitol early Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The man caused some damage, authorities said. (Iowa Department of Public Safety via AP)
Surveillance cameras recorded images provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows a man breaking into the Iowa Capitol early Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. The man caused some damage, authorities said.
Iowa Department of Public Safety via Associated Press

The Iowa caucuses didn’t go as expected since there weren’t really any results. Social media is now sharing frustration about the results with the hashtag #IowaCaucusDisaster.

What happened: On Monday night, all eyes turned to Iowa for the presidential caucus, which was the first time voters in the U.S. would have a chance to weigh in on the Democratic presidential primary race.

  • But: Results didn’t come Monday night. The Iowa Democratic Primary announced a delay in results due to inconsistencies with the results and the tallies. Results were expected later.
  • Since then: Social media has been flooded with complaints about the Iowa caucus process, with several members tweeting with the hashtag #IowaCaucusDisaster.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin: “I think the Democratic caucus in Iowa is a quirky, quaint tradition which should come to an end. As we try to make voting easier for people across America, the Iowa caucus is the most painful situation we currently face for voting.”

Former presidential candidate Julián Castro: “It’s a mess. What we saw out there and heard about are, consistently, errors in the way that this process was done, whether in the initial phase or the realignment. Inconsistencies in how it was done across precinct sites, caucus sites. It is a total mess.”

MSNBC analyst Steve Kornacki: “Iowa’s outsize role has faced attacks for decades, along with periodic failed attempts by other states to take the first-in-the-nation slot. But criticism has been louder than ever this past year, and now those critics may have the ammunition they need to kill it.”

Bigger picture: The Iowa caucus has kicked off a real debate among politicians and lawmakers, though. As Vox reported, several lawmakers shared support for ending the caucuses altogether after what happened.

  • Vox said: “But now, issues of fairness aside, the whole process isn’t even effectively doing the one thing it was supposed to do: give us election results. So some people, from lawmakers to pundits, are calling for change.”