Coin toss decides Kentucky magistrate race

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - When the traditional election process failed to produce a winner in a Kentucky magistrate race, officials decided to leave it to chance.

The Daily News reports a Logan County election official flipped a new silver dollar into the air on Tuesday to determine which Democratic candidate would face the Republican in November. Both Democrats received 127 votes in the May primary.

County Clerk Scottie Harper put pieces of paper reading heads and tails into different manila envelopes and had the candidates choose one. Harper then tossed the coin and it landed on tails.

When the candidates opened their envelopes, Boyce Coles had tails was declared the primary winner. He will face Republican Robert Chyle in November.

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