Via my son John Althouse Cohen, who says:
My friend Ben Wikler, the Washington Director of Moveon.org (which is supporting Bernie Sanders), describes how one of the Iowa caucus precincts was decided:ADDED: There were 6 precincts where a delegate was awarded by coin flip. Somehow, Clinton won them all!
[T]he first vote was roughly evenly split between Bernie and Hillary. (Nobody for O'Malley.) There are five delegates at stake, divided between the candidates in proportionate to their votes in the room. So it'll be two and two, with one delegate at stake.
The four undecideds go into a corner to hear pitches from supporters of either side. The rest of the crowd mills around; a few go to the bathroom; one or two don't come back.
Three people make up their mind for Bernie; one for Hillary. Back to seats.
Final vote. 61 for Bernie. For Hillary it's 59... 60... 61. Tie!
Recount. Slower this time. Still 61-61. Whoa.
So how do you break a tie? At this precinct, the answer is apparently: COIN FLIP.
Bernie's people call it: heads. Up goes the coin. Back down. Everyone clusters around to look.
Cheers go up on the Hillary side, frustration on Bernie side, and boom, that's it: three delegates for Hillary, two for Bernie, a bajillion fail points awarded to the people who left in the middle of the caucus, and we're off the Bernie victory party.
Was anyone keeping an eye on those flips, Aaron Rodgers style?