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Tails Never Fails: Coin Toss Decides Idaho Mayor's Race

Heads or tails?

That was the question posed Thursday night to Don Bowden, the mayor of the Idaho town of Albion with a population of less than 300. The stakes? His job.

After he tied with challenger John Davis in the Nov. 5 election at 60 votes apiece, a coin flip was called to determine the winner. Bowden correctly picked tails, allowing him to stay in office for another term.

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Boise State Public Radio has more:

The coin toss wasn't a last-minute solution. <a href="http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title50/T50CH4SECT50-413.htm">Idaho law says</a> municipal elections that end in a tie vote are decided by the flip of a coin. What the law doesn't detail are specifics on how to do the toss. It doesn't describe whether the coin must be caught, or what kind of coin must be used. <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/heads-youre-mayor-coin-toss-decide-tiny-idaho-towns-leader-tonight">As we reported Thursday</a>, Albion's lawyer had to figure out who got to call heads or tails.<br><br> City clerk Mary Yeaman administered the mayoral toss, <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/heads-youre-mayor-coin-toss-decide-tiny-idaho-towns-leader-tonight">which she admits</a> seemed like a lot of pressure.<br><br> "For right now I've just decided that whatever happens, happens and I'm not really responsible," Yeaman said earlier this week. "Probably before the coin toss I might be a little nervous."<br><br> As the two men shook hands after the tie-breaking coin toss, Bowden said to Davis and the crowd, "Well, as they say, I'd rather be lucky than good."
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