Clinton and Sanders were locked in a virtual tie at the conclusion of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, with both at 49 percent and Clinton clinging to a razor-thin lead. The Iowa Democratic Party said the results were “the closest in Iowa Democratic caucus history.”
With 99% of precincts reporting, Clinton’s advantage was just 49.8% of the delegates versus 49.6% for Sanders, according to tabulations from the Iowa Democratic Party. Clinton and Sanders were awarded razor thin "state delegate equivalents" — 701 for Clinton, 697 for Sanders and eight for Martin O'Malley. There were an odd number of delegates which couldn’t be evenly split between the two in at least six precincts. The decision on awarding a county delegate in those precincts came down to a coin toss and Clinton claimed winning in all coin tosses. There were two coin tosses in Des Moines and four more in Ames, Newton, West Branch and Davenport, the Des Moines Register reported. Videos of these coin tosses are kept as evidence.
Controversy arose over coin toss in precinct 2-4 in Ames, where supporters of candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton disputed the results after 60 caucus participants apparently disappeared from the proceedings, NPR reported. As a result of the coin toss, Clinton was awarded an additional delegate, meaning she took five of the precinct’s eight, while Sanders received three.
Furthermore, a video emerged which the Des Moines Register did not report on, showing a seventh coin toss in precinct Hardin, Johnson County. Sanders won what appears to be just this one.
In fact, there were at least a dozen tiebreakers — and "Sen. Sanders won at least a handful," an Iowa Democratic Party official, NPR reported. Many others like precinct Hardin, Johnson County, Iowa remain unreported. These controversies in precinct 2-4 in Ames and other precincts including precinct Hardin, Johnson County grave questions over the coin toss results that made Clinton “winner” in Iowa.
These events have led many Sanders supporters to believe that a conspiracy has been hatched to prefer a ‘certain candidate’ and many termed this conspiracy as “Coinate” and have led many to believe that the Coin Toss is “Coingate”, Not a Winning Factor for Hillary. Sanders critics accused that Sanders’ supporters cry foul over “Coingate”.
Even if Clinton won that Miracle Six coin tosses and there were no other coin tosses what was being reported on election night and what wasn't, might have favoured Clinton, say Clinton critics.