Hillary "Flips" Off Bernie; Won Six Straight Coin Tosses In Bizarre Caucus Tiebreaker

Tyler Durden's picture

Hillary Clinton emerged victorious in Iowa on Monday night, but it was a close call.

So close, in fact, that Bernie Sanders wants a recount.

It was “a virtual tie,” Sanders said, describing the proceedings which ended with the Vermont senator being awarded 695.49 state delegate equivalents to Clinton’s 699.57. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates,” Clinton's Iowa campaign manager Matt Paul said in a statement.

Sanders wants the Democratic party to release the a raw vote count, a rare move, but one he believes is necessary for full transparency.

“I honestly don’t know what happened. I know there are some precincts that have still not reported. I can only hope and expect that the count will be honest,” he said. “I have no idea. Did we win the popular vote? I don’t know, but as much information as possible should be made available.”

“People said we had an inferior ground game, that we didn’t have as good an understanding of the state,” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told reporters. “I think we certainly demonstrated that we had at least as good a ground game and I would argue that we had a better one because we started out [as underdogs].”

Maybe so, but Sanders' coin flip game was certainly inferior to Clinton's and it may have cost him a delegate or two. Or three. Or five. 

Here's what happened in precinct 2-4 in Ames as recounted by David Schweingruber, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University who participated in the caucus (from The Des Moines Register):

A total of 484 eligible caucus attendees were initially recorded at the site. But when each candidate’s preference group was counted, Clinton had 240 supporters, Sanders had 179 and Martin O’Malley had five (causing him to be declared non-viable).


Those figures add up to just 424 participants, 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.


Unable to account for that numerical discrepancy and the orphan delegate it produced, the Sanders campaign challenged the results and precinct leaders called a Democratic Party hot line set up to advise on such situations.


Party officials recommended they settle the dispute with a coin toss.


A Clinton supporter correctly called “heads” on a quarter flipped in the air, and Clinton received a fifth delegate.


Similar situations were reported elsewhere, including at a precinct in Des Moines, atanother precinct in Des Moinesin Newtonin West Branch  and in Davenport. In all five situations, Clinton won the toss.

When all was said and done, Clinton won six consecutive coin tosses which shouldn't come as a surprise. Clinton's pretty lucky when it comes to beating the odds as her cattle futures trading record makes abundantly clear.

"In another race, those heads-or-tails contests may not have mattered," The Washington Post wrote this morning. "But, early Tuesday, Clinton was ahead of Sanders in Iowa by just four “state delegate equivalents,” [and] given that slim margin and the unknown intentions of Martin O’Malley’s eight SDEs now that the former Maryland governor has suspended his presidential campaign, those coin flips are looking mighty significant."

Here's the absurdity caught on film as incredulous and visibly exasperated caucus goers flip for delegates.

There you have it. Efficient democratic procedures on full display in Iowa.

If that wasn't exciting enough for you, here's another flip clip:

It's no wonder Sanders wants to see the raw vote. Here's another account from Davenport courtesy of The Washington Post:

In Davenport, another precinct tied 84-84. It was time for someone to stretch out that thumb.


“Bernie’s side has called heads,” the coin tosser said, as documented in Davenport in a video posted by Robert Schule. As if to lend the proceedings an official air, she further explained the procedure: “I’m going to let the coin hit the floor.”


Gravity, of course, wins every caucus — the coin fell to Earth as expected. “No one touch it!” someone shouted. Tails again! Cheers erupted from the Clinton camp — and heads proved a loser for Sanders once more.

At the end of the day we suppose there's a bit of symbolism here. Establishment politician or "protest" candidate, most Americans doubt any real change is coming to Washington in 2016 regardless of who prevails in the national election.

In that sense, it's all one big coin flip anyway.

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Gamma735's picture

Oh, I am sure it was honest and pure. After she had the coin tossers threatened.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) Gamma735 Feb 2, 2016 1:04 PM

Fuck off and stop even reporting on this bullshit I say.  You want to be a real "alternative" well then drop out and ignore the political process altogether.  It's all fraud, all bullshit and that means Trump & Cruz too.. buy silver and buy guns.  Fuck the liberal state and the cuck media...

Looney's picture

Jeb’s campaign has been hilarious from the get-go!

It’s like watching someone gobbling up buckets of baked beans to produce a mighty fart, but instead… peeing in his pants. ;-)

What a shitty schlongless schmock! ;-)


remain calm's picture

6 for 6 is a 1.5 in a hundred probability. It makes perfect sense if you consider the HFT on Wall street have similiar outcomes.

froze25's picture

Election outcomes are anything but random events. Ask Ron Paul about it. I believe the odds of 6 out of 6 is 1 in 64. If anyone but Paul, Cruz or Trump has the Republican nomination I am voting for Sanders just to let the whole thing burn.

benb's picture

The great voting fraud of 2016 begins. The little plastic turd Rubio was jacked in by the fascists at Microsoft. The U.S. = 3rd world elections....


Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The question isn't whether the elections are rigged, the question is whether we have the balls to do anything about it.

Gun-grabbing Bernie can burn in hell though.

J S Bach's picture

The devil works in mysterious ways when it comes to supporting his faithful lieutenants on earth.

Bastiat's picture

1.5/100 is nothing for Hillary.  She had that kind of luck with cattle futures too.  She's just blessed, I guess.

benb's picture

I have no doubt that Trump won Iowa. The shamelessness of these traitor whores like Rubio and Clinton. And I think Cruz well understands his 'victory' was due to felonious fraud... and Cruz's phony religious invocation is nauseating!

Bastiat's picture

Cruz is actually harder to look at than Obama.  Buy a car from that guy?  I'd lock my door if he walked down the street.

NidStyles's picture

Shit's rigged, obviously.Watch Trump who was polling far ahead of everyone just lose everything now.



Also, am I the only one that get's logged out about once a week?

BaBaBouy's picture

SPECULATIONS ARE They Used A "TWO FACED Hillery" Coin........???

NidStyles's picture

What's really funny is that all of the villains of Batman are caricatures of extreme personality disorders.


So it's appropriate that a politicians should be caught using two-faced coins. They all have the same personality disorder.

Twee Surgeon's picture

A Coin Toss ? Surely Arm Wrestling would be more 'Democratic'.

Bernie and Hilary, man o a mano, sitting at a table in tank tops, the mental picture sears the soul, Hilary would probably win  that too.

RAT005's picture

The odds are 1 in 64.

Watching the last 10-20% precincts report, most had Trump ahead of Rubio by close to 3% but Rubio's total lead kept shrinking below 2%.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

I hope Daddy/CIA Bush still has enough energy to beat little Jeb's ass black and blue.

Tarzan's picture
Hillary Clinton Invested $1,000, Netted $100,000 Through Trading

Knight-Ridder Newspapers: AP: Washington Post: Los Angeles Times: Newsday


What are the odds?  My guess, about the same as winning six coin tosses in a row.

Four chan's picture

bernie doesn't know who the fuck hes up against, he better watch out or end up on the clinton bodycount list.  hbo should show the clinton chronicles as a special event. 

KesselRunin12Parsecs's picture
KesselRunin12Parsecs (not verified) Four chan Feb 2, 2016 3:51 PM

"1.5/100 is nothing for Hillary"


It's nothing for jews either... 2.0/100 & they have:


- Than banking industry


- political arena

- jurisprudence

- espionage

- CFR, Bilderbergs, Tri Lats, UN, Club of Rome, Carlyle Group, BIS, IMF, the Vatican, & others


all rigged.


IOW ~ Splitting hairs between Bernie Jew Sanders & Hitlery Jew Clitlesston would require an electron microscope & a keen eye...



Nutsack's picture

CLINTON COIN TOSS = HILLARY  FUTURES TRADING.....just like magic, a winner every time!

JRobby's picture

It was a 2 headed coin. Katherine Harris' head on both sides.........

0b1knob's picture

Rigging a coin toss if far easier than most people realize.



Show the people a real coin with a head and tail while palming the two head coin.  Switch them in you hand and toss the two head coin.  Simple magicians trick.

SWRichmond's picture

I just want people to remember that the outcome of this process gives "the government" the right to point guns at you and take your stuff.

stormsailor's picture

i think they did too.  i think they used a hillary coin, one side was her face and the other her ass

sleigher's picture

Trump was not only ahead in the regular polls but also had a large lead in entrance polls.  Everything pointed to Trump.  

No you aren't.  I get logged out as well.  Probably not weekly.

NidStyles's picture

Yeah this election will just make it obvious that the whole system is rigged.

JRobby's picture

He was graceful. No talk of a rig.......yet.........

1033eruth's picture

His religious invocation was designed purposely to appeal to Iowans.  He wants the religious zealot voting bloc and that's EXACTLY how you do it.  The zealots will ignore everything else and concentrate on whether the fuck demonstrates his membership to religious bullshit.  Its ironic because the zealots think god has something to do with morals and a candidate will use it as a facade.  Works every time, EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) benb Feb 2, 2016 2:01 PM

If you are still voting, still participating in a system that has already chosen Clinton, you are supporting Clinton.  That is who you are voting for.  A vote for Rubio or Cruz is a vote for Clinton.

bmr22's picture

You know he won and I knew this would be the outcome before then even voted. 0 faith in any Gov system anymore. So sad

Beowulf55's picture

Political parties are private  parties and therefore not government.

Ness.'s picture

Kinda like the Federal Reserve.  Hmmm..

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Haha... I guess tossing a coin is easier for socialist morons than recounting (or doing any kind of meaningful work).

Bilderberg Member's picture

We "the FBI are really close" some folks...What a joke

JRobby's picture

It was a 2 headed coin. Katherine Harris' head on both sides.........

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) benb Feb 2, 2016 1:28 PM

If everyone just stayed home and cast a "vote" by not buying anything on election day TPTB would shit their pants.

thebigunit's picture

Dear Durrm:

Aren't you supposed to be off the grid?

If everyone just stayed home and cast a "vote" by not buying anything on election day TPTB would shit their pants.

Maybe "TPTB would shit their pants" if they really worried that you would go off the grid.  But your nose is still pointed at their TV screens.

Durrmockracy's picture
Durrmockracy (not verified) thebigunit Feb 2, 2016 1:42 PM

I don't own a "TV" shill.  I prefer to program, rather than be programmed.  And I will gladly use technology against them!

thebigunit's picture

So, Durrm:

What are you going to program after you bring it all down?

You're going to point your nose at your blank internet screen (which is really a TV) and then say "Gee, I would like to exchange this bitcoin for a burrito, but there isn't an economy any more."

So, go into the forest and shoot a burrito with your bow and arrow.

Tall Tom's picture

You're going to point your nose at your blank internet screen (which is really a TV) and then say "Gee, I would like to exchange this bitcoin for a burrito, but there isn't an economy any more."

So, go into the forest and shoot a burrito with your bow and arrow.


That is what he will shoot.



thebigunit's picture

Did it ever occur to you that after Durrm wrecks the economy, there won't be any gun or ammo stores, and you'll be competing with 7 billion other starving humans to blast the last living musk rat.

No.  It didn't occur to you.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Did anyone bother to check the "quarters" they used?  Probably two headed or two tailed quarters, and the Clinton camp knew what they were.

trulz4lulz's picture

Hey Bernie! Heads I win, tails you lose. Whaddya say_

petolo's picture

Why not skip all this election bullshit and just toss a coin in November.........or maybe a burning at the stake.

drendebe10's picture

Microsoft software was involved in the Iowa caucus votes. Guess who is a big contributor for corrupt career politician twit Rubio?   Can u say rigged?

cheeseheader's picture

First Diebold, coin-flips, Microsoft apps; what's next that the underhanded, lying, stealing, cheating D's will exact upon America?


Is power that all-consuming and attainable?  What is it worth if one cannot live forever? 


Can Chelsea be 'programmed' to be as worthless and power-hungry as her parents?


Hillary, Bill, Rahm, Valerie, George...is it all worth your only 15 minutes of fame (to any normal human?)


History will not be kind to any of you.