Although Hillary Clinton has declared herself the victor in Iowa, the intrigue around her so-called win continues to grow. On top of winning an incredible 6 out of 6 coin flips that handed Clinton 6 of Iowa’s 99 precincts (more than 5% when Clinton won by less than 0.5%), the Sanders campaign now claims that Iowa Democrats lost 5% of Iowa votes.
The Iowa Democratic Party informed the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders late Monday night that it has no results for 90 precincts across the state, which could account for as much as 5 percent of the total vote. And the party has asked the campaigns for help in getting a tally for those missing results.
“We are, right now, calling all our precinct captains on precincts where we have knowledge of what’s missing, to report what we think happened there,” a visibly irate Robert Becker, Sanders’ state director told Roll Call after Sanders’ speech at the Holiday Inn near the Des Moines airport.
“They’ve asked the other campaigns to do the same thing. At the end of the day, there’s probably going to be squabbles on it,” he added.
An Iowa Democratic Party official disputed Becker’s characterization.
“We are currently getting results from our small number of outstanding precincts, and results continue to be reported on our public website,” an Iowa Democratic Party official told Roll Call. “The reports of precincts without chairs are inaccurate. These outstanding precincts have chairs who we are in the process of contacting to get their results. It is inaccurate to report that these precincts did not have chairs.”
There is some scuttlebutt that with such a slim margin of 0.2% between Clinton and Sanders that Sanders might ask for a recount.