Bernie Sanders Sweeps Iowa’s Latino Vote

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Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, cheer and wave campaign signs as they await his arrival at a campaign rally at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire on February 9, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite the computer disaster that resulted from the Iowa caucus last week, the final results were evidence of trends within the Democratic community in the run-up to next November’s presidential election.

As one of the most anticipated political events in the Trump Era, and considering the shadow of computer hacking that has covered the U.S. electoral system since 2016, the fact that the first vote in the Democratic primary resulted in the crashing of the smartphone app for reporting the results bodes ill for everyone.

According to the New York Times, a week ago the Democratic Party had to suspend the use of technology to count the votes in Iowa, causing almost uncontrollable chaos as the entire system was based on digital phones. 

“It was a total system breakdown that casts doubt on how a critical contest on the American political calendar has been managed for years,” the Times explained.

Amid errors in registering votes, calculating them, assigning delegates and entering the figures into the party’s statewide database, media outlets such as The Associated Press said Tuesday that it was impossible to declare a winner.

“Following the Iowa Democratic Party’s release of new results late Thursday night, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by two state delegate equivalents out of 2,152 counted. That is a margin of 0.09 percentage points,” AP explained.

“However, there is evidence the party has not accurately tabulated some of its results, including those released late Thursday that the party reported as complete. The AP’s tabulation of the party’s results are at 99% of precincts reporting, with data missing from one of 1,765 precincts, among other issues.”

A week later, both Buttigieg and Sanders have asked for a partial review of the results.

However, there are figures we can talk about:

According to an analysis conducted by The Hill, Senator Sanders “won big among Latino voters in this week’s Iowa caucuses.” Citing figures from the UCLA Latino Politics & Politics Institute, the media concludes that Sanders “won almost unanimously” in the state’s four Spanish-language caucus sites, obtaining “428 votes against a combined 14 divided between former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.”

These results are even more important when you consider that this is the first time the Iowa caucuses have had Spanish-language satellite sites.

“All of them [voted for Sanders]. It’s amazing what you do when you go to the community to listen to them and then hire them,” said Sanders senior adviser Chuck Rocha, the architect of the campaign’s Latino strategy.

According to UCLA, and in general terms, most Latino caucuses in Iowa elected Sanders as their preferred candidate with 66.5 percent of the vote, the equivalent of 14.24 delegates, while Buttigieg was far behind, with about 2.9 percent and one delegate.

Although these figures represent only the Latino vote, not the overall vote, the conclusion is compelling: Sen. Bernie Sanders has made a good start and seems to be the one who is sending the clearest message to the Hispanic community.