In at least six precincts across Iowa Monday, Democratic caucus votes ended in a tie, forcing a coin toss to decide which candidate would win a county delegate.
Mrs. Clinton won all of these – securing her an incredibly narrow lead.
It seems quite ironic that the more socialist candidate lost because of cold hard cash.
— Goose Duarte (@ImprovGoose) February 2, 2016
It’s actually in the rules to make things more fair – if two candidates are neck-and-neck, there is no other way to choose between them except by using chance.
— Fernando Peinado (@FernandoPeinado) February 2, 2016
Hillary won a coin flip six times.
Is it time to put our tin foil hats on?
There were six different instances where a coin toss was used to determine the winner of a delegate in Iowa, and Hillary won all six. Wow.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 2, 2016
How likely is it to win a coin toss six times in a row?
Each coin toss has a 50% chance of coming heads or tails.
So, to get that six times in a row, we have to multiply 0.5 by itself six times.
Which gives us a chance of around 1.6%.
So how can a democracy choose a political candidate because of a coin flip?