Iowa Caucus: First in the Nation Clown Show
Reacting to this morning’s news that not only has Rick Santorum won the Iowa Caucuses after all but that they’ve managed to lose more ballots than the margin of victory, the Telegraph’s Toby Harnden tweets, “What a debacle for Iowa. Hard to see why candidates should take Iowa caucuses seriously in future.”
This is truly a joke. In a contest with fewer total votes (121,503 counted; goodness knows how many lost) than your average election for a school board seat, the powers that be have managed to have wild shifts in the vote count in several districts and be so incredibly incompetent as to render eight precincts uncountable.
This, in a contest that gets so much attention that several candidates are eliminated from the race based on the outcome.
Indeed, as Doug Mataconis noted this morning, the whole story now shifts–but only in retrospect. We’ve gone from Mitt Romney being poised to be the first candidate in a contested nomination race to win Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina–and thus being seen as a runaway train–to Romney potentially coming in second in two of the three and the race being spun as wide open.
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