The drama unfolding in Iowa has had a lot of people slamming popcorn into their mouths as they watch this trainwreck unfold, but for Democrats, they’ll soon be running out of hair to pull out. Nothing seems to have gone right and to make things worse, many of the ballot wins seem to go to the winners of a coin toss.
While this may seem strange, it’s actually time-honored tradition in Iowa according to MSN:
As the Des Moines Register explained in 2016, there are a few circumstances when a coin toss becomes necessary, but it usually means the caucus has gotten to the point where it’s ready to award delegates but two or more candidates have the same number of supporters. The winner of the coin toss determines how the delegates in each location will be divided up.
A lot of coin tosses can be the sign of a close race. Back in 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders almost tied overall in Iowa and 13 caucuses were decided by a coin toss that year. This time, while official results are still being tabulated, reporters’ tweets suggest several caucuses have been decided by coin toss so far.
Those that have been decided include one between Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren where Buttigieg got the win…
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
— TheHFWarrior🧢 ( A.K.A. Manny ) (@TheHFWarrior) February 4, 2020
…Warren did pick up a coin toss win in Johnson County, however…
— Charity Nebbe (@CharityNebbe) February 4, 2020
…Bernie picked up a candidate in Pleasantville…
Bernie and Biden tied. So they flipped a coin for a delegate. Bernie team son https://t.co/s9FegCyDXu
— Ben Terris (@bterris) February 4, 2020
…but Biden did win a coin flip against Klobuchar in Warren County…
In @JoshHughesIA's Warren County precinct, which had 2 delegates, Warren got 1, and the dreaded coin flip was needed to determine 2nd delegate, b/c Biden & Klobuchar were tied, right at the viability threshold. Biden ended up getting 2nd delegate. #iacaucus https://t.co/mJXcYD3AXK
— Bleeding Heartland (@LauraRBelin) February 4, 2020
…but Klobuchar did walk away with one that night thanks to a coin flip…
The final count from this precinct. pic.twitter.com/QiozfeIDBj
— Sara Konrad Baranowski (@skonradb) February 4, 2020
While this isn’t necessarily a new thing, it was met with disapproval by quite a few people due to the arbitrary nature of the decision making.
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
— Mike Sengewalt (@senmi) February 4, 2020
We all know Bernie won. @shaunking posted video of a cheating ass caucus in Iowa with a damn coin toss. A COIN TOSS!!
— Yvonne💙PowerToThePeople (@AyeTeWacho) February 4, 2020
Reality: the result is 101 to 64.
Iowa: well, that's 4.8 and 3.2 so we'll do a coin toss and award 4 to the winner.
The world: Dafuq?
— The Happy Medic (@theHappyMedic) February 4, 2020
This is how that 91% demographic in Iowa feels about the candidates. They get to pick by coin toss. Because to them it doesn't matter much who gets elected. https://t.co/UiSbaj4orM
— Fact Check #45! (@gledeeznuts) February 4, 2020
A coin toss. The future of our country is being determined by a fucking coin toss. Come on, Iowa. pic.twitter.com/v9tV3tE0w2
— Maggie Stewart ☕ (@maggiereadsya) February 4, 2020
“This is the type of stuff that was going down in Iowa last night. In one precinct, Bernie had 101 people, Pete had 66. But after a coin toss, they ended up “tied” with 4 delegates each. Yeah. For real. “ ♻️@shaunking pic.twitter.com/V1Wqyghr6J
— G-RED #iResistFollowBack (@GeraldDThomas) February 4, 2020
It’s likely never been a huge deal before this, but thanks in part to the disaster that the Iowa Caucus has been, decisions via coin toss are likely going to be seen as just the icing on top of the disaster cake.