Iowa assemblies begin, starting the Democratic race at the White House
DES MOINES: The caucus vote began in Iowa on Monday night while the Democrats balanced their desire for fundamental change with their desire to defeat the president Donald Trump in the opening contest of the 2020 presidential primary season.
Nearly a dozen White House contestants continued to compete for the opportunity to face Trump in November, although the first Iowa committees in the nation were expected to provide some clarity for what has been a confusing nomination fight for much from last year.
When the evening groups opened their doors, there were signs of great enthusiasm. Outside the Englert Theater in Iowa City, long lines stretched a block in two directions and organizers predicted delays of an hour or more.
At the end of the day, tens of thousands of Democrats would have gathered in community centers, high school gyms and more than 1,600 other meeting places at the premiere of more than 50 contests that will take place over the next five months. The assemblies issued the first verdict on what the party represents in the Trump era, and who he thinks is better positioned to face the Republican president, whom Democratic voters are desperate to defeat this fall.
A surprising fact: Trump won the Republican caucus, a largely symbolic victory since he did not face significant opposition.
For the Democrats, the moment was full of promises for a party that has made great profits in the states since Trump won the White House in 2016. But instead of a clear optimism, a cloud of uncertainty and an ever deeper resentment loomed over the elections on Monday as the prospect of An unclear result raised fears of a long and divisive primary struggle in the coming months.
It is I who can organize our party, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren told her followers in a phone call before the vote began, suggesting that her rivals could not. They said they were the ones who brought the unit.
Surveys suggested that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could have a limited advantage, but any of the four main candidates: Sanders, former vice president Joe biden Warren and the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, were able to win a victory in the unpredictable and peculiar Iowa caucus system while organizers were preparing for record participation. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who represents neighboring Minnesota, was also demanding momentum, while outside candidates such as businessman Andrew Yang, billionaire activist Tom Steyer and the Hawaiian representative could be factors.
If someone tells you that he knows who will win, or has a whisper of God or is crazy because nobody knows, said Deidre DeJear, who announced his support for Warren on Monday and was the first black woman. Win a statewide elementary school in Iowa.
Approximately two-thirds of Iowa banking members said supporting a candidate that would fundamentally change the way the system works in Washington was important for their vote, according to AP VoteCast, a voter poll that said they planned to participate in the Democratic assemblies on Monday.
Compared to about a third of caucus attendees who said it was more important to support a candidate who would restore the political system to the way it was before the Trump elections in 2016.
As expected, almost all Iowa Democrats said the ability to defeat Trump was an important quality for a presidential candidate. VoteCast discovered that this measure surpassed others as the most important quality for a nominee.
The Iowa Democrats also reported two main problems that dominate their thoughts: medical care and climate change.
By noon on Monday, several groups of satellites had already been produced, a few thousand kilometers from Iowa. In Glasgow, Scotland, Sanders received the most support from the 19 caucus attendants who attended, while Warren was in second place and Buttigieg in third place. No other candidate was viable.
In Iowa, about 200,000 voters were expected.
Three senators in the field left Iowa on Sunday night to return to the United States Capitol for Trump's impeachment trial, but did what they could to maintain their campaigns from Washington. While Warren was holding his town hall phone, Klobuchar's husband and daughter appeared on a tarp throw in Des Moines.
In the suburbs of Des Moines, Buttigieg gave some 100 volunteers a final chance of encouragement before going cold to knock on the doors around noon on Monday.
We are exactly where we should be to surprise the political world, he said, lighting cheers for the former mayor of a medium-sized city of 38, who was an asterisk a year ago and is now among the top candidates.
Meanwhile, Biden and his wife, Jill, delivered pizza on Monday to a few dozen volunteers who worked the phones at their local office in southern Des Moines.
I feel good, he said as he entered, wearing his exclusive aviator sunglasses.
Iowa offers only a small percentage of the delegates needed to win the nomination, but it plays a huge role in the selection of primary fields. A bad presentation in Iowa could cause a leader's fundraising to slow down and decrease support in later states, while a solid result can give the candidate a much needed boost.
In the past, several Democrats who won won the nomination of the party.
The fight of 2020 developed through innumerable distractions, in particular the impulse of the Democrats of the Congress to dismiss Trump, who has often overshadowed the primaries and effectively covered several leading candidates for Washington at the pinnacle of the season of early campaign
Meanwhile, billionaire Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is conducting a parallel campaign that ignores Iowa while preparing to attack any perceived weakness in the field in March.
The amalgam of oddities, including the new rules to inform the already complicated results of the caucus, was being built towards what could be a murky final of Iowa before the race quickly turns to New Hampshire, which votes only eight days later.
The new party rules may give more than one candidate the opportunity to claim victory in Iowa, even if they are not the official winner.
For the first time, the Iowa Democratic Party reported three sets of results at the end of the first state committees in the country: a recount of the initial preference of candidates from caucus assistants; Total votes of the final alignment after the supporters of the lower-ranking candidates were able to make a second election, and the total number of State Delegate Equivalents each candidate receives.
There is no guarantee that all three will show the same winner.
The Associated Press will declare a winner based on the number of state delegates that each candidate wins, which has been the traditional standard.
VoteCast discovered that many of the Democratic presidential candidates have possible weaknesses when they challenge Trump.
More than 4 in 10 Iowa voters said it would be harder for a woman to overthrow the president. Nearly 6 in 10 said a gay candidate would have more difficulty defeating Trump, a potential risk for Buttigieg. Approximately the same party said that a candidate with strongly liberal views would also face a more difficult time, while almost half said that a candidate older than 75, Biden and Sanders, would have a more difficult time against Trump.