Just 31 minutes after the Iowa caucuses began, the Associated Press already had its final results: a victory for former President Donald Trump. The early call ignited a firestorm of criticism from Trump’s opponents and even some Democrats who questioned the decision.
Several other major news outlets called the election in Trump’s favor shortly after 7:30 p.m. local time before some voters even had the chance to cast their ballots at their local precinct. The call sparked outrage among some candidates’ campaigns who argued the call amounted to “election interference” that disenfranchised voters who waited in line in the freezing to choose their preferred nominee.
“It is absolutely outrageous that the media would participate in election interference by calling the race before tens of