Political expert weighs in on Buttigieg’s performance ahead of Iowa caucuses
SOUTH BEND, Ind.—On Monday, Iowans will cast the first major votes of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary during the state’s caucuses.
Local political expert Jack Colwell was live in ABC57’s studio on Monday to weigh in on what the night might look like, particularly for Democratic presidential hopeful and former South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg.
“I don’t think he [Buttigieg] is going to win, although it’s going to be hard to pick the winner,” Colwell said. “I don’t think he’ll win in the popular vote but I think he could do very well in the selection of delegates.”
Colwell said it’s hard to poll in a caucus state and to go into the evening with a definitive sense of who will be declared a winner.
“It’s not just going in and casting a vote. It’s being there and negotiating with neighbors and trying to convince them to come to your side,” Colwell said.
Colwell said that Buttigieg needs a little momentum in Iowa to continue on to the next round of caucuses elsewhere as a top-tier candidate.
As for tonight’s winner, Colwell thinks that Senator Bernie Sanders will have the most votes at least during the first tabulation but he added it doesn’t mean Sanders will have the most delegates.
“I think there might be three winners tonight. It might be a long, long night as the battle goes on,” Colwell said.