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February 05, 2016

The Democrat Party Shifted One Caucus Vote From Sanders to Hillary For Unexplained Reasons

When I say caucus vote, what I mean is -- I don't know what I mean, to be honest. I do not understand this system, particularly the Democrats' version of it.

But I know that at the end of the day, the 120,000+ actual votes were boiled into about 1300 caucus votes. Each caucus gets a certain number of caucus votes. The tally of actual votes broke down to something like 49.8% Hillary, 49.6% Sanders. In caucus votes, it's something like 646 Hillary, 642 Sanders.

Remember, Sanders actually won more caucus votes than Hillary. Hillary's edge comes from winning six-out-of-six coin filps to assign caucus votes in tiebreaking situations.

In at least one case -- the one we know about -- the Democrat Party, for some reason, deducted a caucus vote that had been assigned, correctly, to Sanders, and re-assigned it, incorrectly, to Hillary.

Some say this might all be completely innocent.

Other people are mentally alert.

In the Iowa Democratic party’s chaotic attempt to report caucus results on Monday night, the results in at least one precinct were unilaterally changed by the party as it attempted to deal with the culmination of a rushed and imperfect process overseeing the first-in-the-nation nominating contest.

In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded to Hillary Clinton on caucus night. However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct chair J Pablo Silva that they had done so. Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.

The shift of one delegate at a county convention level would not have significantly affected the ultimate outcome of the caucus, but rather, it raises questions about the Iowa Democratic party’s management of caucus night.

The head of the Iowa Democrat Party, whose license plate once read HRC 2016, has absolutely ruled out any kind of audit or rechecking of the Iowa Caucus results.

Pat Caddell said on election night he knew -- maybe he meant "knew in his bones" -- that the Democrat Party knew that Sanders had in fact won, and any audit would expose this fact, so they're determined to shut all inquires down.

National Dead Heat: Just caught this on Hot Air -- Hillary had been leading the national polls. Sanders, ominously enough for Hillary, tied or beat her in the states where they actually had spent a lot of time with the voters, but nationally, Hillary had a big lead on Sanders.

No longer. Quinnippiac puts this at 44-42, a statistical tie.


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