Who won the Iowa caucus 2020, Buttigieg or Sanders? Results ruined by a Shadow app

Who won the Iowa caucus 2020, Buttigieg or Sanders? Results ruined by a Shadow app
The ominous signs were there. First, the release of the famous De Moines Register/CNN poll going into the Iowa causcuses was put on an unprecedented halt. A draft version of the results was obtained by Nate Silver's 538 and the reasoning for the block became pretty self-explanatory.

It had the Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading with 22%, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 18%, while Joe Biden, the heretofore frontrunner, came in fourth, putting the Democratic leadership in a bind.

The sadder part, however, is that even now, after the Iowa caucuses came and went on Monday, we still don't know who won the state's Democratic primary. What happened? A vote-counting fiasco, that's what, and there was an app for that. 

Russians? Nah, Shadow, Inc.

According to the new state caucus system, precinct chairs were supposed to tally and collect the section results for the Iowa Democratic Party with an app. While available both for iOS and Android, the piece of mobile software simply bugged out, reports Vice, and they were forced to phone the results in, with the respective thumb-twiddling on hold. 

The whole shebang forced some result reporting inconsistencies and, given that the backup of the backup are paper ballots, yesterday came and went without the promised final tally. So, who made the app that Democrats paid $63,000 for? A small startup called Shadow, Inc., an irony of there ever was one. 

With Buttigieg claiming victory without official results, and Sanders being optimistic early, too, there is an indication that the app-based voter rolls weren't the only game in town that night. 

Still, while the app hasn't been the sole thing to go wrong with the Iowa caucuses, the resulting brouhaha is certainly a vindication for those who insist that important elections are the one thing that should be kept relatively old school, regardless of technology advancements leaps.



4. Vokilam

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Doesn’t matter which democrat wins over other democrat - Trump got 2020.

3. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Ah yes, a company run by former Campaign aides for Hillary Clinton and whose Parent company ACRONYM's CEO is a huge Mayor Pete fan. Their App just coincidentally failed when Polling showed establishment candidates fairing poorly in Iowa. And seemingly giving Pete the "win" after he just so coincidentally donated $42,500 to the company last year... No foul play here

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

First, the CEO is not a "huge Mayor Pete fan", he was an Obama aide. Second, Joe Biden also contributed to Shadow Inc. If there's a nefarious angle as you're alluding to, why is Biden currently in 4th place? Third, of course they're heavily left-leaning. I wouldn't expect a Koch Brothers company to be helping the Democratic National Committee, would you? Check your tin foil hat, it seems to be too tight and not letting blood get to your brain.

6. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1128; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Tara McGowan is the CEO of ACRONYM and shes a huge supporter of Pete, as well as her Husband being a Senior Strategist for Mayor Pete. You're referring to David Plouffe, who worked for Obama, that is only on the board for the company and tried claiming he had no idea what Shadow was, even though ACRONYM and Shadow share office space. Also Biden only gave the company $1,225 vs. Pete's $42,500. All because you refuse to see any shadiness at Shadow, doesn't mean it's not happening

1. inFla

Posts: 234; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Who won? No one cares.

2. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Speak for yourself. I care.

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