Someone Altered Iowa Caucus Results to Favor Hillary Clinton

February 6, 2016   |   Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish
February 6, 2016 

(ANTIMEDIA) Iowa — Chaos and confusion over Democratic party rules have now been blamed for unilateral changes to Monday night’s caucus results in at least one precinct. As the Guardian reported:

“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 secretary J. Pablo Silva that they had done so. Silva only discovered that this had happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the country.”

Though the night was, indeed, disorganized and mismanaged, as the Des Moines Register noted in an editorial, “What happened Monday night at the caucuses was a debacle, period. Democracy, particularly at the local party level, can be slow, messy, and obscure. But the refusal to undergo scrutiny or allow for an appeal reeks of autocracy.”

A lack of sufficiently trained volunteer staff wasn’t the only issue during and after Monday night’s caucuses. Voter confusion, queues stretching outside, inadequate numbers of voter registration forms, and general mayhem were also reported. Those problems might have been compensated by a diligent tallying of the results — but that simply didn’t happen.

Party officials informed the Sanders campaign it wouldn’t be issuing any statement on results until the morning after, saying “they would reconvene at 9am and let’s talk” — shortly before issuing the statement of results and delegate counts announcing Clinton had won. As the Guardian pointed out, however, Clinton’s lead at present only amounts to slightly more than two-tenths of one percent, or Clinton would receive 23 delegates to the national convention, and Sanders, 21.

But despite this virtual tie, the Iowa Democratic Party has refused to audit the results.

“The Iowa Democratic Party must act quickly to assure the accuracy of the caucus results, beyond a shadow of a doubt,” the Register implored. “A caucus should not be confused with an election, but it’s worth noting that much larger margins trigger automatic recounts in other states.” In fact, “Too many of us, including members of the Register editorial board who were observing caucuses, saw opportunity for error amid Monday night’s chaos.”

With so many questions and doubts raised about Monday night’s fiasco, the refusal to audit results only heightens suspicions of both Sanders’ supporters and the public-at-large. Clinton’s phenomenal coin-toss luck seems inconsequential compared to blatantly switched results — no matter if such a switch was accidental or not.

If you’ve done nothing wrong, as Homeland Security might say, then you have nothing to hide.


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  4. So, basically there was an error of one state delegate in a race which had about 1700 state delegates, and it absolutely didn't impact the outcome. *shrug*

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  6. They're not yet done with the audit. So far, the new results changed the margin of "victory" from 0.29 to 0.25, with a lot of precinct results yet to be verified.
    With IA DNC Chair Andy McGuire having worked at Hillary's 2008 campaign and driving a Buick Enclave with the license plate "HRC 2016" I would DEFINITELY verify the results… She initially kept opposing any review request – it was the Des Mojnes Register who publicly ratlled that cage enoough to make this happen.
    It's unconscionable that the IA dem party had such lousy polling management. Lots of precincts were understaffed and didn't know what they were doing.

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