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Tags: Joe Biden | iowa | letter | democrats | caucuses

Biden Team: Iowa Dems Owe Explanations to Campaigns First

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on stage with his wife Jill Biden
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden takes the stage to address supporters with his wife Jill Biden during his caucus night watch party on Feb. 3, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 February 2020 10:16 AM

Iowa Democratic Party officials owe the presidential campaigns full explanations and relevant information about methods of quality control it used in Monday night's caucuses and the opportunity to respond to the details before it officially releases any results, Joe Biden's presidential campaign said in a letter Tuesday. 

"You see in the letter, we have real concerns about the integrity of the process," Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager and communications director, told CNN's "New Day." "I think there were significant failures in the process last night that should give voters concern."

In addition to the failure of the app that precincts were to use to report caucus results, as well as a phone system that lagged, presidential preference cards, the paper trail for the app, are also a concern, she said. 

"I think they should raise concerns for voters and, you know, election integrity is obviously of the utmost importance," Bedingfield said. "We really want to make sure that the Iowa Democratic Party addresses this before they put out official data."

She also said that at this point, the results issue is more than a matter of just trying to report the outcome correctly. 

"These issues that we just raised are really significant," she said. "If you have a process where you can't be confident that the results that are being reported are reflective of the votes that people cast last night in the process, that's a real concern."

Bedingfield added that the campaign is now in New Hampshire, where there is a full day of events planned, so it is moving forward, and she denied that the criticisms of Iowa are being made in defense of the former vice-president's team's efforts in Iowa. 

"Our internal data shows that we overperformed in parts of the states where we didn't expect to," she said.  "Our internal data shows we won precinct 72 in Des Moines, which is a precinct Bernie Sanders won in 2016 with 66% of the vote."

Still, with no verified information, there are campaigns putting out incomplete data that does not paint a full picture, said Bedingfield. 

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Iowa Democratic Party officials owe the presidential campaigns full explanations and relevant information about methods of quality control it used in Monday night's caucuses and the opportunity to respond to the details before it officially releases any results . . .
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