Coin toss decides Texas city council election

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Posted: May 18, 2012 3:08 PM

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LUBBOCK, Texas - A winner has been chosen by a coin toss in a Texas city council election.

Bruce MacNair won Friday's flip that decided the race between him and Bryan Studer.

The two had agreed to have a coin toss decide the contest for a seat on the Wolfforth city council after both received 118 votes in last weekend's election.

The men wanted to save the tiny city the $10,000 cost of a run-off election.

Wolfforth is a bedroom community near Lubbock with about 3,700 residents.

Texas election law provides three options in the event of a tie: a runoff election, one candidate conceding or some form of casting lots.

Wolfforth city manager Darrell Newsom says the candidates made a gentlemanly decision.

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