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Iowa Democratic Party conducting partial recanvassing at Buttigieg, Sanders’ request

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) -- On Monday, the Iowa Democratic Party announced it will conduct a recanvass of 143 precincts following requests from Senator Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Within the next 48 hours, the state party will respond to the campaigns with its next steps.

Recanvassing means a re-examination of the caucus worksheets compared to what was reported.

State Democratic Chair Troy Price said it's too early to say how long this process will take to adjust any errors in the math.

"The course for correcting that is what's starting here today, starting with the recanvass process, and then, if requested, a recount after that," Price said.

The recanvass looks at the data that's already been reported and would utilize the presidential preference card that each caucus goer was asked to turn in before leaving their respective precincts.

The issues relating to this year's caucus have caused some discourse in the party, particularly relating to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.

"Iowa chose to keep their, uh, caucus status. And I think what we learned from all the mistakes that were made, and it's undeniably unacceptable. I'm frustrated. I'm mad as hell. Everybody is," Perez said in an interview on CNN.

Reporters pressed Price Monday on Perez's comments, asking if he thought the chairman was attempting to distance himself from the caucuses.

"There's going to be a time to assign blame, but I will tell you the DNC has been a partner in this process up to, including, and after caucus night. Anything beyond that my focus is on finalizing and bringing these caucuses to completion." Price said.

Price says a third party will not be assisting with the recanvass. Included in those 143 precincts are Dubuque, Black Hawk, and Linn counties.

More information, including an estimated timeline, should be released in the coming days.

The current results show Buttigieg and Sanders at the top, with 14 and 12 delegates respectively.

For a full list of the precincts requested for a recanvass, click here.

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Taylor Vessel

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