Fumbling coin toss hands win to Buttigieg, raises more fury at Mayor Pete and DNC process

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.

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.

Buttigieg won another coin flip against Sen. Elizabeth Warren that raised audible protest from some gathered at the venue.

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.

The coin tosses set the hashtag #DNCRigged trending on Twitter as some lamented the state of politics.

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.

This sparked even more controversy as Buttigieg declared himself the winner Monday though the results were not revealed.

The hashtag “MayorCheat” took on a life of its own on Twitter.

Critics of the caucus coin tosses slammed the system and the “shady” developments on Twitter.

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