Backers of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton failed in their latest attempt to get rid of caucuses — like the Iowa Caucuses.
The latest skirmish came during this weekend’s meeting of the Democratic Party’s platform committee. Clinton’s supporters tried to insert a plank in the platform that would ban caucuses in future presidential nominating seasons. Clinton complained about Iowa’s Caucuses and caucuses in other states, saying the contests were unfair because shift workers and older voters often cannot get to a caucus meeting, whereas primaries allow voting all day and often allow early voting by mail-in ballots.
But supporters of Barack Obama beat back the effort to ban caucuses. The future of Iowa’s Caucuses — and caucuses in general — likely will come up again when the Democratic Party’s rules committee meets. As you may recall, Clinton finished third in Iowa’s Caucuses. Obama’s victory in Iowa established him as a serious contender.