'Something Smells': Des Moines Register Calls for Audit of Dem Caucus Result
Iowa's largest newspaper is now calling for a full audit of the Iowa Caucus results on the Democratic side.
The Des Moines Register wrote in an editorial that "something smells in the Democratic Party" following Hillary Clinton's narrow victory (by .02%) over Bernie Sanders.
The paper's editorial board wrote:
What happened Monday night at the Democratic caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.
The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
First of all, the results were too close not to do a complete audit of results. Two-tenths of 1 percent separated Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. A caucus should not be confused with an election, but it’s worth noting that much larger margins trigger automatic recounts in other states.
Second, too many questions have been raised. Too many accounts have arisen of inconsistent counts, untrained and overwhelmed volunteers, confused voters, cramped precinct locations, a lack of voter registration forms and other problems. Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunities for error amid Monday night’s chaos.
Ed Henry reported the latest details from the New Hampshire campaign trail on The Real Story, noting that the paper previously endorsed Clinton.
Meantime, Henry noted that Sanders outraised Clinton $20 million to $15 million in the month of January.
He said the fundraising lead comes despite Sanders relying largely on small, online donations, while Clinton has had to leave the campaign trail at times to court big Wall Street donors.
Henry pointed out that Sanders' donors generally give $20 or $25 at a time, while many of Clinton's donors already gave the maximum amount.
Watch more from Ed Henry above.
Sanders and Clinton are getting set for a big head-to-head debate tonight in New Hampshire.
When it's over, tune in to Fox News for all the reaction on a special America's Election HQ at 11:00pm ET.