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Election Race Literally Comes Down to a Coin Toss

A mayoral race in Peru ended in a tie. Wilber Medina and Jose Cornejo both received 236 votes. So what did they do? They settled things with a coin toss.

That’s right, the final decision of who gets to be the mayor of the town of Pillpinto, Peru came down to a coin toss.

Medina ended up winning the coin toss, and thus the mayorship. And in case you are wondering, yes, this could theoretically happen in the United States. A number of states allow for tiebreakers like coin tosses in the event that the top two candidates get exactly the same number of votes. In fact, just this year a New Mexico judicial election was settled with a coin toss.

And guess what? There’s actual video of the Peru coin toss, which you can watch here, via the AP:

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