The 2020 primary season has been anything but calm thus far, and it doesn’t appear as though any reprieve is in the offing anytime soon.
The Democrats began this whole affair with a staggering number of participants, all vying for the attention of about half of our nation. The candidates have covered the entire Democratic political spectrum as well, further divvying up the left side of the aisle into staunch little pockets of progressivism.
Now, with a finally manageable number of candidates left, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has become the de facto frontrunner, and is looking to solidify his place atop the field with an easy win in the Nevada caucuses.
But just because it is universally understood that Bernie will be winning in The Silver State doesn’t mean that it won’t be exciting.
With the Nevada caucuses days away, campaign officials and Democratic activists are increasingly alarmed that they might prove a debacle as damaging as the vote in Iowa, further setting the party back in its urgent effort to coalesce around a nominee to take on President Donald Trump.
Campaigns said they still have not gotten the party to offer even a basic explanation of how key parts of the process will work. Volunteers are reporting problems with the technology that’s been deployed at the last minute to make the vote count smoother. And experts are raising serious questions about an app the party has been feverishly assembling to replace the one scrapped after the meltdown in Iowa.
“It feels like the [state party is] making it up as they go along,” said one Democratic presidential aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the process. “That’s not how we need to be running an election.”
In Iowa, it was a vote-gathering app that was to blame for the delay in the release of the results.
In Nevada, however, this preemptive sounding of the alarm seems to indicate that the Democratic Party is in much deeper trouble than they even understand.