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AP defends decision to call Iowa caucuses for Trump in 30 minutes

Posted on AllSides January 16th, 2024
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Linh Ta/Axios

The Associated Press is defending its decision to declare former President Trump the winner of the Iowa caucuses on Monday about 30 minutes after voting began.

Why it matters: The 8:31pm ET call came as just nine of 1,657 precincts were reporting results — or 0.54%.

Voters were turning out despite the record cold weather for the caucuses, which one precinct captain called "frozen nostril cold."

Driving the news: The news organization said the projection was based on an analysis of early returns and voter survey data from eight counties.

Those counties showed Trump with an "insurmountable lead," AP...

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