‘The hell is going on in this video?
This is, apparently, what a caucus looks like in a Presidential race in America in 2016.
The footage is taken from precinct #43 in Des Moines, Iowa, where supporters of Clinton and Sanders gathered to determine the delegate count for the candidates.
The description of the video, posted on the C-SPAN website, claims “Caucus chair and Clinton precinct captain do not conduct actual count of Clinton supporters and deliberately mislead caucus”.
Reports suggest that Sanders was winning during an initial vote, but when a recount was called, Clinton gained the lead.
One person who was at the event at Roosevelt High School took to Reddit to explain:
So basically in the caucus they have to hand count everyone depending on what side they’re sitting on. Well when it came time to do the second count the numbers were off. The first vote breakdown was like this:
FIRST VOTE: 215 Sanders 210 Clinton 26 O’Malley 8 Undecided 459 TOTAL
And this is the SECOND Vote: 232 Clinton 224 Sanders 456 Total
So somehow they lost 3 people but Clinton’s vote went up by 14.
So basically what had happened was Hillary’s team didn’t take the time to do a full recount instead she just added the new people who joined the second vote. Which clearly wasn’t an accurate count.
The footage appears to verify this with the Clinton camp admitting they did not do a second full count and that “they just added the (new) people”.
“Does that add up right?” one of the organiser is heard asking the caucus chair, who replies “I don’t think so.”
Nevertheless, a challenge by Sanders supporters for a third count was rejected and Clinton was handed a victory.
This monumental cluster f*ck was just one 1,600 caucus sites around the state of Iowa. Who knows what went on elsewhere.
In another video, Clinton and Sanders supporters are seen remonstrating with caucus organisers in Ames who were attempting to move the caucus outside, refusing to start counting votes because their building was too full.
The incident led to much finger poiting and apparently many people abandoning the caucus and going home.
Reports also emerged from other locations where Hillary Clinton was handed victories on coin tosses, meaning she ultimately received more delegates.
Six coin tosses took place, according to reports, and Hillary won ALL of them. That carries a likelihood of 1.6%.
The overall Iowa results on the Democratic side have not been verified at time of writing. It appears to be a dead heat. Bernie Sanders has, however, called on the Democratic party to release a raw vote count.