Controversy and confusion abounded Saturday night after the much anticipated Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa Poll was canned at the last minute Saturday night, just minutes due to its release and an accompanying CNN special report.
This came following a complaint from the Buttigieg campaign after reports from a support the former South Bend mayor’s name was not mentioned to them as a contender.
The poll has become something of an event in the lead up to the Iowa caucuses, having been released for the last 76 years, and has generally been well regarded, receiving an A+ rating from analyst Nate Silver.
It has successfully predicted the winner of the caucuses on the last 3 occasions, predicting a 3 point win for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The issue is believed to have stemmed from a surveyor having their screen overly enlarged whilst conducting a survey, cutting off Buttigieg’s name.
It came at the end of what had been an excellent day for the Sanders campaign, with over 3,000 turning out to a rally in Cedar Rapids, the largest for any candidate this cycle.
This also followed an announcement that the campaign had smashed their goal of making 10 million calls to voters nationwide prior to the Iowa caucuses.