The Feb. 1 Democratic caucus of Iowa ended with a virtual tie between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Every precinct counted, and now the Clinton campaign has been accused of voter fraud in Polk County (video below).
A video was uploaded to C-SPAN with the caption, “Caucus chair and Clinton precinct captain do not conduct actual of Clinton supporters and deliberately mislead caucus,” according to The Blaze.
The voting took place at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Democratic caucus chairman Drew Gentsch was accused of not giving a proper recount of second-round voters.
Sanders’ supporters pleaded with Gentsch and precinct captain Liz Buck to conduct another recount, but they refused.
Gentsch informed the crowd that the count would not impact the state delegate count overall.
The Clinton campaign raised eyebrows by prematurely declaring victory before the votes had all be accounted for and the race was still in a dead heat.
On Feb. 2, the campaign was able to definitively call a win.
“Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Caucus,” said Matt Paul, the Clinton campaign state director. “After thorough reporting — and analysis — of results, there is no uncertainty and Secretary Clinton has clearly won the most national and state delegates.”
Several districts had been so heavily contested that they were settled with coin tosses in Polk, Jasper, Cedar and Johnson Counties, according to the New York Daily News.
Clinton won each flip of the coin.
With the race so close, the Sanders campaign was galled by Clinton’s early declaration of victory.
“They’ve been up to tactics all weekend,” the senator’s spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know what they’re up to now.”
While the former Secretary of State technically won the Hawkeye State, the Sanders campaign has treated the outcome as a huge victory.
“It looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders told a cheering crowd before the results were fully in.
As for the Clinton campaign, Polk County precinct captain Renner Walker said, “A win’s a win.”