Democrat draws straw, winning tiebreaker in state election
JACKSON - A Democrat has won an election tiebreaker in Mississippi by drawing a big green straw from a bag.
Bo Eaton, a 20-year incumbent, defeated Republican challenger Mark Tullos in the drawing Friday in the governor's office.
Eaton, a farmer from Taylorsville, said before the drawing that he would accept the result. Tullos, an attorney from Raleigh, said he would accept it only if he won.
Tullos said if he lost, he intended to ask the House to seat him as the winner because he questions whether votes were counted fairly.
The National Conference of State Legislatures says 24 states have laws that say a tied legislative election is decided by drawing straws or by flipping a coin.
Eaton's win blocks the GOP from having a supermajority in the state House, which would have allowed, among other things, to let Republicans make decisions about taxes without seeking help from Democrats.