Iowa Coin Toss
Did Hillary actually win convention delegates with a coin toss?
National Review says Sanders won by actual votes. Hillary only wins by coin flips:
The final count of delegates to the state convention (aside from the seven won by Martin O’Malley) was Clinton 699, Sanders 695. But by actual voter decisions, the count was Sanders 695, Clinton 693, and six ties. Sure, Clinton right now goes to the state convention with four more committed delegates than Sanders, but she didn’t win her margin via voters, but by a mathematically bizarre series of coin flips.
Bern is flipping out.
CNN says it ain’t so. Here’s Norm Sternberg a former director of the Iowa Democratic Party:
“I can say with almost absolutely certainty this election would not have been changed because of the coin flips. It would take a very large number of these to make that kind of impact, and one candidate would have to win them all. Our empirical evidence and anecdotal information shows that one candidate didn’t win them all, and that coin flips are not that frequent.”
Now the Des Moines Register is calling for an audit of the Coin Toss Caucus.