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In Virtual Tie with Sanders, Hillary Reportedly Wins 6 Iowa Precincts by Coin Flip

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The Democratic primary race appeared to be incredibly close during the Iowa caucus Monday night, where candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly won at least six precincts by way of a coin toss.

While the caucus numbers led former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to drop out of the race, it left Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in a virtual tie in several precincts.

Some precincts solved the tie by flipping a coin and various reports show that in at least six different cases, Clinton was declared the winner of the precinct based off of the coin toss.

One of these coin tosses occurred at a precinct in Ames. David Schweingruber, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University and a Sanders supporter, told the Des Moines Register that after 484 eligible caucus attendees were recorded, only 424 participants were counted when they were split up by candidate, “leaving 60 apparently missing.”

“When those numbers were plugged into the formula that determines delegate allocations, Clinton received four delegates and Sanders received three — leaving one delegate unassigned,” Schweingruber said.

Because of the missing numbers, Schweingruber said the Sanders campaign challenged the results, and the Democratic Party officials they reached out to on a hotline recommended they settle the dispute with a coin toss.

Fernando Peinado, a political reporter at Univision, reported on Twitter that a precinct in Des Moines was also given to Clinton after being determined by a coin toss.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Rachel Blevins, originally published on Truth in Media on February 2, 2016, and may have been modified slightly for publication on IVN.

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398 comments
Van Crandall
Van Crandall

"Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society" (research study in the link below). Real change doesn't occur from the top. It occurs at the grass-roots level. It's what has been happening with the independent voter movement and now with the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. People are fed up with a rigged economic system and widespread corruption in all levels of government. A political revolution appears to be finally underway. Status quo politicians that flippantly ridicule common sense policies that Americans desire, should be exposed and rejected. Gender preference has no role. http://news.rpi.edu/luwakkey/2902

George Barrett
George Barrett

#WE ENDORSE BERNIE SANDERS FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2016, AS IN WE THE PEOPLE

Madeline Stark
Madeline Stark

Kim Skinner was she that bad? Here in NY our bad Governors make headlines.

Daniel Marcus
Daniel Marcus

6 out of 6 hey mathematicians what are the odds of that!?!?

Kim Skinner
Kim Skinner

Madeline, sad but true story. I live in Alaska. My dad convinced me to vote for palin for governor . When she quit he was seriously pissed. :/ By the time McCain picked her up we knew we were screwed.

Madeline Stark
Madeline Stark

Kim Skinner me too otherwise I would have LOVED Sarah Palin. When John McCain trotted her out I thought my head would explode. It was like "Looky I have a female" How she became Governor is beyond me.

Jennifer O'Riordan
Jennifer O'Riordan

Anyone know statistics well enough to say exactly what the odds are of winning six coin tosses in a row? Each coin toss has a 50/50 chance, but when you do one after the other, what's the probability that all six will be the same? Unless the coin is weighted, or has heads on both sides, of course.

Marvin Harman
Marvin Harman

Di did anyone check to see if the coin had 2 or 2 tails on each side

Kim Skinner
Kim Skinner

I vote policy not party, not legacy, not genetalia! If you are voting for the wrong reasons you will end up with the candidate you deserve.

Blin Don
Blin Don

Time to change caucuses into primaries. After watching some videos of what actually happens in Iowa, I would think the Iowa people would demand that their votes are guaranteed to count.

Ignatz Holstein
Ignatz Holstein

How unlikely is it for anyone, anywhere to win 6 consecutive coin tosses?

Kathleen Weisback Farrell
Kathleen Weisback Farrell

Richard Tijerina get a grip....I'm talking about Hilary...So far I haven't seen any politician with a moral nerve. So no, fool, I don't want perfection but I sure as hell don't want another scumbag Clinton

Don Logan
Don Logan

They were sent back to the graveyard?

Larry Walsh
Larry Walsh

Hillary,s stained hands go back to Vince Foster July 1993 right up to Bengazi, arrogance, above the law, dare you question me attitude.

Kim Skinner
Kim Skinner

They did split the delegates evenly, the coin toss was for the odd man out. But 6 out of 6. I don't buy that. And while Bernie isn't perfect he is a damn sight better than hill.

Sandra D Petridis Reid
Sandra D Petridis Reid

If it was s tie, why not split the delegates evenly between the two?? Oh that's right! They called and asked the DNC what to do next, hence the coin toss

Cory Hector
Cory Hector

She's about to get schooled at the ballot box in NH... and that's the difference!!!

Benn Blount
Benn Blount

Let’s talk about Clinton as Secretary of State - When she began, we had 2 wars raging in the Middle East but when she left, casualties and costs had continually increased along with tensions for the surrounding area. We were heavily involved in covert operations in Pakistan, at continual death tolls and increasing costs. The CIA was recruiting multiple rebel factions to fight a civil war in Syria with intent to replace Assad's government with a US backed regime. We did the same thing with a regime change in Egypt and the death toll there includes many journalist along the way. Libya is still reeling from our regime change there as well as never ending conservative efforts to build a case from the resulting Benghazi Embassy attack and we suffer ongoing disaster in Tunisia. We got involved in Ukraine to sponsor regime change there. The Israeli/Palestine fight has grown to see the Israelis getting involved in the Syria civil war and they're even more likely to set off war with the Russians than we are! And we've begun air raids in Turkey and that will only increase. I could go on; there's no end to the fiasco of our foreign policy blunders. What have we gained for Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State!

Marla Daniels Kelley
Marla Daniels Kelley

This is ridiculous. Any other election that is is within 1% difference they are supposed to recount by hand. I can't believe they had a coin toss. Since a coin toss is a 50/50 chance one has to wonder how many coin tosses there were, vs how many bernie won. This reeks of dishonesty

Gus Brown
Gus Brown

as a gambler i doubt the honesty of 6 out of 6 tosses.

Margaret Smith
Margaret Smith

Wow! Democracy in action. NOT! a fn coin toss. Who has their heads up their backside?

Ray Poling
Ray Poling

If it was a tie it should end up a tie

Gary Hayes
Gary Hayes

There is less than a 2% chance of winning six coin tosses in a row.

Caren Brooks
Caren Brooks

Wow what are the odds that Hillary would win 6 coin tosses in a row

Molly Stebbins
Molly Stebbins

There are a lot of women more qualified and trusted to be president that a Clinton.

Molly Stebbins
Molly Stebbins

Lie, cheat, steal, kill. Nothing honorable or believeable about Killary.

Eduardo Tijerino
Eduardo Tijerino

GJ Shields ! The Clintonistas are the only ones who see a real difference between HillBilly and the Republicans. War mongering puppets for the military industrial complex disguised as progressives only fool those who want to be fooled.

Mike Long
Mike Long

LETS DO THIS VOTE I'M 60 years young so Lets VOTE the GOP out and Take our Country backl. GO BERNIE GO Blow the doors off and stop the crap. Vote and be counted in Great numbers and no question after that. GO BERNIE GO

Eduardo Tijerino
Eduardo Tijerino

I recently took part in a focus group in which they asked how many there would vote for Bernie, I was the only one who raised my hand. The other seven participants raised their hands when the moderator asked who would vote for Hillary. The moderator asked them why. Two of them, both females, said, "She's a woman." I said the first thing that came to mind, two words: Vagina Politics.

David Mc
David Mc

The six out of six coin tosses is a conspiracy theory that was rather quickly debunked.

Erik Koski
Erik Koski

The corporate candidate lies cheats and steals the run off. Just like the corporate controlled republicans. Why would a Democrat act any different than a Republican. Once the candidates support the corporate agenda, they all sound the same.

Roy Martin
Roy Martin

Hillary is a cheat and liar just like her brother Obama.

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

6 of six favorable coin tosses? That alone is highly improbable.

Jeff Marston
Jeff Marston

How do we know about the ties when no one can tell how many votes were even cast?  It's all been about percentages.  

Bo Fleming
Bo Fleming

democrats at work againstthemselves.

James Dancoe
James Dancoe

Reaction ! Politics as usual! Lying, Cheating and Steeling are a way of life in politics.

Timothy Carr
Timothy Carr

The Lesbian skank wins with coins tossed.

Rebecca Huff
Rebecca Huff

Actually I think Bernie is a very viable candidate. Honestly if Hillary were running as a Republican i could consider her as a conservative stats quo candidate. She is basically a moderate Republican. As a "progressive" she isn't progressive enough to get my vote.

Brigitte Canadien
Brigitte Canadien

Keep U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and press forward...Hillary for house speaker....