Finally, news about a Clinton getting head and tail that you can share with your kids: Hillary Clinton won six precincts in Iowa last night by coin toss, which is, apparently, the totally legal way that Iowa caucuses work in the case of a tie between the leading candidates.

Clinton and Bernie Sanders received the same number of votes in those six precincts, and state rules hold that in the event of a tie, the precinct (and its county delegates) goes to the candidate that wins a coin toss. Clinton supporters won the coin toss in all six of the districts (calling heads in two districts, tails in two others, and the unknown correct guess in the final two)—the odds of which are 64-to-1, according to The Daily Mail. A physical piece of money overwhelmingly favoring the former Secretary of State is also a hilariously literal metaphor for moneyed interests favoring Hillary Clinton.


Clinton's luck paid off, and the statewide Democratic race has been called in her favor, although the Sanders campaign is calling for a release of raw vote numbers to see if they won the popular contest (voters elect delegates in their precincts who elect delegates in their districts). The coin tosses are ultimately more interesting than important—things with 64:1 odds do happen all the time (because more than 64 events happen every day, believe it or not), and they wouldn't have shifted the overall total because those were lower-level delegates, not district delegates. Yeah, it's confusing. And oh, just an FYI for foreigners: Americans also don't understand their political system.

Sources: Daily Mail