Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Troy Price, has stepped down from his post. Price announced his resignation a week and a half after the “fiasco that has threatened the state’s vaunted status as the first voting contest of the presidential primary season,” reported Fox News.
“The fact is that Democrats deserved better than what happened on caucus night. As chair of this party, I am deeply sorry for what happened and bear the responsibility for any failures on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party,” Price wrote. “While it is my desire to stay in this role and see this process through to completion, I do believe it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward, and my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.”
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The state’s “first-in-the-nation contest” ended up in chaos as the reporting methods for the nearly 1,700 precincts broke down. This forces a slow rollout of partial results. “It took the party days to release the full count of votes and multiple campaigns highlighted errors in those counts after they were released, prompting the state party to agree to a partial recanvass of the results.”
Price has been pressured to resign over the last week. However, he told his friends that he intended to stay until the recanvass was completed. Since the process was taking longer than anticipated, he was urged to step down now.
“There was no way he could remain the face of the party,” a senior Democratic official in Iowa said. “New leadership is the only way to try and move beyond this debacle.”
Some state Democratic officials urged him to step down so “a new leader could oversee the party’s efforts in the general election campaign without hard feelings and controversy from the caucuses.