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New Iowa caucus rules could spark clashing claims of victory

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Posted at 6:27 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 11:26:04-05

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New rules in this year's Iowa caucuses could give presidential candidates an unprecedented opportunity to spin the results.

In previous years, the Iowa Democratic Party reported just one number: the number of state delegates won by each candidate.

For the first time, the party will this year report two other numbers — who had the most votes at the beginning and at the end of the night.

Party officials say the new process will enhance transparency. But there is a growing sense it could also breed confusion by giving several candidates the chance to say they won the caucuses.