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Seguin City Council Candidates Tie in Runoff; Coin Toss Decides Race

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It’s often said that every vote counts, but sometimes the difference between a winner and a loser comes down to the laws of probability.

An explanation from NEWS 92 FM’s JP Pritchard:

The only thing separating two city council candidates near San Antonio is a coin flip.

Jeannette “Jet” Crabb and Ben Amador both ran for city council in Seguin, Texas, and they ended up in a runoff. And believe it or not, the outcome of that vote was 141 to 141.

Seguin Mayor Don Keil ended up deciding the race by flipping a coin.

Crabb and Amador each received slips of paper, one that said “heads,” one with “tails.” Then Keil threw a silver dollar in the air.

The coin landed on the table as tails and that meant Crabb won. She was immediately sworn in to begin a four-year term. And the mayor really was following the law.

The Texas Election Code allows ties to be settled by a “casting of lots.”

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