**Although Bernie Sanders won the popular vote in the Iowa caucuses with 45,826 votes, compared to Pete Buttigieg’s 43,195, Buttigieg won more state delegates.**

**Final DNC party’s numbers show that Buttigieg gets 564 state delegates, while Sanders will receive 562, and some are wondering what is the math behind these numbers. **

**Shawn Sebastian, the caucus secretary for Story County Precinct 1-1 in Iowa revealed the math behind his precinct’s results, which is very revealing for the overall results of the election. **

**Bernie Sanders received 111 votes in his precinct, while Pete Buttigieg got 47 votes. **

**Both in the end got two delegates.**

**Kenny Kelly, writer for the Beyondtheboxscore.com explains how this works. **

**In the caucus, voters proclaim one candidate for whom they will cast their vote. A first count is then taken and any candidate who did not receive at least 15 percent of the vote is considered unviable.**

**At this point, all those who voted for an unviable candidate (and any who decide to change their vote) must re-align themselves with another, viable candidate. **

**In this case, unviable votes were 36 for Klobuchar, 17 for Yang, 4 for Steyer, 2 for Biden and 1 undecided vote. **

**These voters had the chance to re-align** **their votes, so in the end**,** after the second alignment, Bernie Sanders received 116 votes of what was originally a pool of 285 voters while Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg got 82 and 73 votes respectively.**

**To decide how many delegates are awarded to each candidate, their total number of votes after re-alignment is multiplied by the number of delegates available and then divided by the total number of votes.**

**In this case Bernie’s 116 votes was multiplied by six (number of delegates), same as Warren’s 82 and Buttigieg’s 73.**

**After this step, Sanders had the number 696 which was then divided by 285 (the total number of votes). **

**Warren’s number (492) was also divided by 285, just like Buttigieg’s 438 was also divided by a pool of 285 voters.**

**After this mathematical operation, Sanders got a number 2,44.**

**Warren got a number 1,72.**

**Buttigieg got 1,53.**

**These quotients were then rounded to the nearest whole number since partial delegates are not possible – Sanders can’t have 2,44 delegates so his number is rounded and he gets two delegates.**

**Warren’s is also rounded to two, same as Buttigieg’s, although he barely passed the mark. **

**And this is the convoluted math behind The Iowa Caucus.**

**Not to mention that in some cases of ambiguity, coin flips decide how delegates are awarded.**