With 96% of results in, it’s now beyond obvious that Iowa was a complete disaster for former Vice President Biden, once considered a frontrunner.
Biden finished in 4th place, not far ahead of 5th place.
The former Vice President has only received 2 delegates at this time while Sanders and Buttigieg pick up 11 each and Warren has picked up 5.
In addition, Biden’s trajectory in New Hampshire is clearly going down while Bernie Sanders trajectory is up.
This Friday’s debate may be Biden’s last chance to make a game-changing impression, but Biden is not known as a strong debater, and is likely to make more embarrassing gaffes.
Politico reports while the full Iowa caucus results still aren’t in, Biden’s unexpectedly weak performance Monday — he’s in fourth place with 16 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting — has provoked frustration and recriminations within the campaign, according to interviews with more than a dozen campaign aides and surrogates.
Donors needed to be calmed. Staffers began pointing fingers over what exactly went wrong. The campaign parted ways with its Iowa field director, Adrienne Bogen.
Outside the campaign, Biden’s Iowa train wreck revived questions about the durability of his candidacy, and threatened to slow a fundraising operation that was already showing signs of stress.
“We had precinct captains who didn’t know how to run a caucus. And a few didn’t even show. We lost friggin’ people on the second ballot of voting in the caucus. Someone’s head had to roll,” said a top-level Biden campaign staffer.
But Bogen’s allies insisted she was being scapegoated by a floundering campaign, and added that she had complained about its dysfunction, which she had blamed on higher-ups.
“Adrienne and I have worked closely together on recent campaign in Florida where her expertise and demeanor were invaluable to our success and the type of campaign that best represented our candidates values. I am incredibly disappointed that any campaign would lay complete blame on any one person. I am even more disappointed that those in positions above her have tried to make her the scapegoat of the Iowa debacle,” said Ana Cruz, a Democratic political consultant and lobbyist from Florida. “This is character assassination. Plain and simple.”
Several Biden aides had choice words to describe what led to the former vice president’s disappointing fourth place finish.
“It was a cluster-f—” said one. “A shit show,” said another. “A f—ing disaster,” said a third.
Questions swirled among staffers and donors over whether a higher-level staffing overhaul was in order, pointing to both campaign manager Greg Schultz and Pete Kavanaugh, assistant campaign manager of states, as the ultimate authorities in Iowa.
Biden’s Iowa state director, Jake Braun, is moving to a contract position instead of continuing as a full-time campaign employee due to a preexisting commitment to teach a course at the University of Chicago, according to the campaign.
Even Biden, who began Tuesday morning in New Hampshire bragging that he probably did well in Iowa, admitted Wednesday afternoon that he suffered a “gut punch.”
“I expected to do better,” Biden said at a CNN town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire, Wednesday evening. “And I expected that our organization would perform better.”