Beltway Briefing Podcast

What Does Disarray In Iowa Mean For The Future?

February 5, 2020

The New Hampshire primary – the second party contest of the presidential primary season, is less than a week away, yet delayed results from the first major contest have yet to be fully counted. And despite historic enthusiasm among Democrats for defeating President Trump, turnout in Iowa’s presidential caucus was far off the record set in the 2008 contest. The early numbers, following a day of chaos and confusion over a technical failure that complicated the vote count, suggested a possible split decision that could have one candidate winning the popular vote and another securing the most delegates. So what’s next? Though Iowa’s electorate is small, younger, and less racially diverse than usual, Iowa’s caucuses have had a reasonably good record in recent history of picking the eventual winner of the Democratic nomination. Yet there are indications the Democratic Party is unlikely to resolve its debate over candidates and vision soon. Howard Schweitzer, CEO of Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, and Mark Alderman, the group’s Chairman, discuss how it may all play out.

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