Sanders and Buttigieg campaigns request partial recanvass of Iowa Caucuses

Pete Buttigieg, left, former South Bend, Ind., mayor, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), right (Courtesy Photos)
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Two campaigns who competed in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucus have formally requested a recanvassing of certain precincts, according to party officials.

The request includes a recanvass of 25 precincts and three satellite locations by the Sanders campaign and a recanvass of 66 precincts and all in-state satellite precincts by the Buttigieg campaign. Removing duplicate requests between the two campaigns, this covers a total of 143 precincts, according to the party.

According to a list of precincts where a recanvass has been requested, 18 of them are in the KCRG-TV9 viewing area. Those precincts are Black Hawk, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Johnson, Linn, Poweshiek and Washington counties.

According to Iowa Democratic Party rules, a Recount/Recanvass Committee reviews the requests within 48 hours. It will then notify the campaigns whether their requests were approved or denied.

According to the Sanders campaign, the errors, if corrected, would mean an additional national delegate for Sanders.

“While a recanvass is just the first step in the process and we don’t expect it to change the current calculations, it is a necessary part of making sure Iowans can trust the final results of the caucus,” Bernie 2020 Senior Advisor Jeff Weaver said. “Our volunteers and supporters worked too hard, and too many people participated for the first time to have the results depend on calculations that even the party admits are incorrect. Once the recanvass and a subsequent recount are completed in these precincts, we feel confident we will be awarded the extra national delegate our volunteers and grassroots donors earned.”

A recanvass is not a recount of each vote. Instead, the party checks the signed results worksheet from individual precincts against the results that the party has published.

According to state party results released Sunday, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg was ahead of Sanders by two state delegate equivalents.