Even before all the Iowa caucus mayhem, presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar won at least one rural Iowa caucus site in a very arbitrary way — with the flip of a coin.
The Minnesota legislator was tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, with 19 votes each at an Iowa Falls precinct with 62 voters present, leading to a coin toss to determine who would get the extra delegate, according to Sara Baranowski, editor of the Iowa Falls Times-Citizen.
“There’s talk that there‘s going to be a coin flip! Klobuchar and Warren both have 19 supporters, which equals 4 delegates and there’s a limit to the number of total delegates,” tweeted Baranowski, who was covering the caucuses.
Baranowski later posted a photo of the tie-breaking procedure, published on Timescitizen.com, showing the precinct chair drop a quarter.
The flip of the coin was deemed necessary under party rules, since there were 12 delegates up for grabs and the two other candidates met the viability threshold, according to the Des Moines Register.
The other candidates at the precinct, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Vice President Joe Biden collected three and two delegates, respectively.
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