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Week In Politics: Iowa Voting Malarkey And The Coming Conclusion To Impeachment Saga




Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.
Officials from the 68th caucus precinct overlook the results of the first referendum count during a caucus event on February 3, 2020 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.
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Democratic party officials in Iowa worked furiously Tuesday to deliver the delayed results of their first-in-the-nation caucus, as frustrated presidential candidates claimed momentum and plowed ahead in their quest for the White House.

Technology problems and reporting “inconsistencies” kept Iowa Democratic Party officials from releasing results from Monday’s caucus, the much-hyped kickoff to the 2020 primary. It was an embarrassing twist after months of promoting the contest as a chance for Democrats to find some clarity in a jumbled field with no clear front-runner. Instead, caucus day ended with no winner, no official results and many fresh questions about whether Iowa can retain its coveted “first” status.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial heads toward a historic conclusion this week, with senators all-but-certain to acquit him on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after narrowly rejecting Democratic demands to summon witnesses. We get the latest. 

With files from the Associated Press. 

Guests:

Robert Leonard, special news editor for KNIA-KRLS Radio, which broadcasts in the cities of Knoxville, Pella and Indianola, Iowa; author of the “Deep Midwest: Midwestern Explorations” (Ice Cube Press, 2019);  he tweets @RobertLeonard

James Lynch, reporter for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; he covers politics, government and the Iowa legislature; he tweets at @jamesqlynch

Lawrence Norden, director of the Electoral Reform Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law

Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News; he tweets @NPRrelving

Amanda Renteria, president of Emerge America, a national organization that works to identify and train Democratic women who want to run for political office; she is the former national political director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has been a staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); she tweets @AmandaRenteria

Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College; he tweets @jpitney

Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State; he tweets @AlexPadilla4CA