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Democratic results in Iowa likely to be challenged

Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:18 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

By the time our newspaper hits the press, winners were officially declared in Iowa after the first presidential primary was held on Monday.
While Ted Cruz easily defeated Donald Trump to win the majority of delegates in the state, the democratic primary is raising a lot of concerns that might not sit well with supporters of Bernie Sanders for some time.
With 99.9% of the precincts reporting, Hillary Clinton was ahead with 49.8% of delegates to Sanders’ 49.6%.
The Clinton Campaign early Tuesday morning declared a victory.
“Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” they said in a statement. “After thorough reporting and analysis of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates. Statistically, there is no outstanding information that could change the results and no way that Senator Sanders can overcome Secretary Clinton’s advantage.”
Sanders’ campaign was not so quick to throw in the towel and perhaps with good reason.
In many close precincts, some “stray local delegates” were decided by a coin toss. Reportedly, a coin toss in as many as six precincts showed unassigned delegates decided with a coin toss and Clinton won every time. I’m not saying that couldn’t happen but it would make those supporting another candidate question the results.
An Iowa newspaper reported on one issue in Ames, Iowa where dozens of caucus participants disappeared in the county, leaving one of the delegates unassigned. A coin flip was done and Clinton won.
As for early Tuesday, a Fox News report showed Clinton with 699 state delegates to Sanders’ 695. C-SPAN also had an a report of alleged voter fraud in Polk County, Iowa as a Caucus chairperson and Clinton precinct captain did not appear to conduct an actual count of Clinton supporters and reportedly mislead the caucus.
The situation unfolded on C-SPAN at the following link: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4578575/clinton-voter-fraud-polk-county-iowa-caucus
With a primary this close, it is possible this type of scenario repeated itself at other precincts.
Either way, a lot things bounced exactly as they needed to for Hillary Clinton, causing some Sanders supporters to question the validity of the results. Regardless, Sanders showed he will not be an easy opponent for Clinton to beat after she’s been the clear frontrunner since declaring her candidacy.
Sanders, who is currently serving as a Senator in Vermont, may likely win the upcoming New Hampshire primary, setting  up a big battle on Super Tuesday.
Regardless of whether or not you support the two democratic candidates, their race is going to be very interesting to watch and will be a lot closer than originally anticipated.