Democrats already under fire for the trainwreck caucuses in Iowa on Monday are facing new outrage over how votes in several precincts were determined by a coin toss.
Monday’s caucus results ended with no official vote totals as the Iowa Democratic Party blamed “inconsistencies” in some precinct reporting. But in some locations, tied caucus votes that were too close to call were broken with an actual flip of a coin.
Here’s your Iowa democracy in action – a coin toss to determine who gets the last delegate out of this #IowaCaucus precinct after Buttigieg and Klobuchar tied. Buttigieg won. pic.twitter.com/1s4zTE0u96
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) February 4, 2020
One tie-breaker between Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar gave the win to the former South Bend, Indiana mayor. Apparently the student who executed the questionable coin toss must have realized his lack of expertise in the area.
Afterward he told me he was a bit nervous and caught the coin between his fingers. He said he’d have to practice more next time.
— Anthony Zurcher (@awzurcher) February 4, 2020
Buttigieg won another coin flip against Sen. Elizabeth Warren that raised audible protest from some gathered at the venue.
Interesting footage emerges from the Iowa caucus tonight where a ballot manager announces a tie between Democratic Presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren. — They then flip a coin to decide which candidate gets the delegate.#IowaCaucuses pic.twitter.com/VbNM0oGsWs
— Yang Warrior??? ( A.K.A. Many) (@trumpwarrior45) February 4, 2020
Many shared videos and stories about other coin tosses across the state Monday as the first-in-the-nation contests for the presidential election wrapped up.
Des Moines Precinct 80:
Bernie’s group had 101 people
Pete’s group had 66 people
Bernie & Pete end up tied at 4 delegates following a coin toss.
— Jaylen (@jaylencavil) February 4, 2020
FOURTH COIN TOSS, because why stop here? This one is in Warren County. This time it was between Biden & Klobuchar, and Biden got the delegate.
Which means Klobuchar got ZERO despite hitting viability just like Biden.
So Warren & Biden each got one. https://t.co/oNGu3ldsOO
— Taniel (@Taniel) February 4, 2020
Precinct chair to the room: “Who has a coin?”
— Sara Konrad Baranowski (@skonradb) February 4, 2020
The coin tosses set the hashtag #DNCRigged trending on Twitter as some lamented the state of politics.
Imagine spending your who life and career working to become POTUS, only to have your success or failure come down to coin flips and rigged voting apps.
— GumboJesus (@GumboJesus) February 4, 2020
The coin toss is not a new feature at caucuses with tight races and has been part of the rule book for the Iowa Democrat Party for years. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won six precinct votes in coin tosses back in 2016.
But the practice, coming on the heels of negative reporting about the chaos caused by the app the DNC chose to use, sparked plenty of raised eyebrows and finger-pointing.
Nevada Dem federal account paid Shadow $58k in August, Iowa Dems state account paid Shadow $63,183 in two payments over Nov & Dec, suggesting app wasn’t developed until just months ago? Both caucus states. Shadow is a spin-off from PACRONYM, a new Dem dark money/superPAC hybrid.
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) February 4, 2020
This sparked even more controversy as Buttigieg declared himself the winner Monday though the results were not revealed.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 4, 2020
The hashtag “MayorCheat” took on a life of its own on Twitter.
You realize that the company who made the Iowa Caucus App that is causing all of the problem was paid by 3 groups, Iowa Dem Party, Nevada Dem Party and ……. wait for it….. Mayor Pete’s Campaign. #MayorCheat
— Braylen’s Dad – Warren 2020 (@BraylenNapier) February 4, 2020
I’m gonna go ahead and declare myself the winner of the Iowa caucus. If #MayorCheat can do it, anyone can!
— Rania Khalek (@RaniaKhalek) February 4, 2020
Critics of the caucus coin tosses slammed the system and the “shady” developments on Twitter.
The Shadow app had glitches not to mention to be funded by Pete Buttigieg. The coin toss was weird. If watch the coin toss the kid looks at it, then decides to flip it the other way. Not sure what DNC is doing. Pete couldn’t have beaten Biden. That’s just weird.
— Aria Ahrary (@aria_ahrary) February 4, 2020
I don’t want cast aspersions – BUT wow what a messed up coin toss to “determine” who gets the last delegate at #IowaCaucus precinct when #Buttigieg & #Klobuchar tied.
Guess who won? Buttigieg #IowaCaucusDisaster pic.twitter.com/4aKWE3idNQ
— Lady De’Plorable⭐⭐⭐TEXT TRUMP to 88022 (@LadyRedWave) February 4, 2020
Democrats spent FOUR YEARS kicking & screaming about election integrity.
Now they turn around and use a brand new, fully untested, shady phone app to submit results.
— Jit Bayless (@scoopidywhoop) February 4, 2020
Any system that uses a coin toss for determining who gets delegates, rather than using raw values, is a system that should no longer be in use.
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) February 4, 2020
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