- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2016

The Nevada director of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign reportedly suggested cheating by using double-sided coins to settle ties in the state’s caucuses — and was promoted to a national post.

According to a lengthy post-mortem report by CBS News on the Sanders campaign, Nevada State Director Joan Kato floated the idea of the loaded coins in preparation for the state’s Feb. 20 caucus. The network cited staffers who said they had been told to buy them.

There had been numerous reports that Hillary Clinton eked out an advantage in the Iowa caucuses by winning a statistically anomalous number of coin flips in caucus locations that had finished tied. Some progressives at the time suggested some form of skulduggery.

Mrs. Clinton wound up winning a slight, but clear, victory in the Nevada caucuses, defeating Mr. Sanders by 5 percentage points.

After the Nevada caucuses were over, according to CBS News, Ms. Kato was not let go by the Sanders team, but instead was appointed the Sanders campaign’s national delegate director.



Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston noted on Twitter though, that buying loaded coins wouldn’t have worked anyway.

“Funniest part, as more than one person has reminded me, is ties were not decided by coin flip but by cutting cards!” he noted.

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