February 19, 2020: The Bernie Sanders campaign will request a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results. Six Democrats are debating in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday night.
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“The truth of Obama’s silence on the 2020 primary is that it’s not just about his obvious wish to stay out of the spotlight, but it also reflects a choreographed strategy. With the race looking more and more likely to grow bitter and messy, and maybe even wind up in a contested convention, the former president and those around him are increasingly sure he will need to play a prominent role in bringing the party back together and calming its tensions later this summer, including perhaps in Milwaukee, where the party’s meeting is scheduled to be held in July. So he is committed to not allowing his personal thoughts to dribble out in the meantime, directly or via leaks, conscious of how any sense that he’s taking sides in intraparty disputes could rock the primary in the short run and potentially undermine his ability to play this larger role in the months ahead.”
– Gabriel Debendetti, New York Magazine
The Bernie Sanders campaign is planning to request a partial recount of the Iowa caucus results on Wednesday after a recanvass showed Sanders and Pete Buttigieg were separated in the state delegate equivalent count by a margin of .004 percentage points. In the recanvass, party officials audited the overall numbers reported on caucus math worksheets for a select number of precincts. In a recount, party officials would audit the individual preference cards submitted by each caucusgoer.
Donald Trumpgranted seven pardons and four commutations on Tuesday, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik. He is holding a rally in Arizona on Wednesday night.