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Cards reportedly used as tiebreaker in one Nevada precinct

The caucus math worksheet used at a Democratic caucus at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.Ethan Miller/Getty Images

It happened. In Pahrump, Nevada’s Precinct 10, cards were reportedly drawn Saturday to determine whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders would win or lose a precinct.

Clinton’s ace defeated Sanders’ six, according to a tweet from a Wall Street Journal reporter.

Ahead of Clinton’s win in Nevada, Saturday’s caucuses were expected to be tight: on Friday, the Nevada Democratic Party released answers to frequently asked questions about the process, including an explanation of their quirky tie-breaker.

“In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal, groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines winner.”


Sanders and Clinton are no strangers to bizarre tiebreakers. Earlier this month in Iowa, coin tosses were used to determine a winner in some precincts during that state’s caucuses.