Virginia is unlikely to repeat Iowa’s mistakes

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Nearly 24 hours after the Iowa caucus, the results of the first in the nation primary contest are still not fully counted.

“Well, we don’t know the results yet, so that was a little frustrating,” said Nichole Sanders, Chair of the Lynchburg Democratic Committee, “but I think that we should know pretty soon.”

The results of the Iowa caucus generates momentum for the top candidates going into the following primaries, but Virginia will still play a major role in choosing the Democratic presidential candidate when Virginians head to the polls on March 3.

“We’ll have three other races before it gets to Super Tuesday,” said Karen Hult, WFXR’s Political Analyst and a professor at Virginia Tech. “Super Tuesday, in which Virginia for the first time is a member in a long time, about 40 percent of the delegates will be picked by Super Tuesday, so Virginia is going to be important no matter what.”

In Iowa, election officials say there were issues with a new mobile app that precincts were using to report their totals, but Virginia is keeping it old school.

“At the end of the night we close down the machine or close down the election, and then once you close everything down, it automatically prints off a tape,” said Christine Gibbons, the Director of Elections for the City of Lynchburg. “That looks like a receipt from a grocery store, but it has all of the tabulations for each of the candidates and each of the offices.”

The confusion out of Iowa last night isn’t stopping local enthusiasm.

“We’ll be supporting the voter registration drive on campus,” said Sanders, “and we will yeah, be pushing social media and email blast to make sure people get out to vote on March 3.”

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