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Wolfforth leaves election up to a coin toss

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The idea of leaving an election up to the flip of a coin may seem unusual, but that's exactly what the City of Wolfforth is planning to do.

The race for the city's two council seats was expected to be close from the start. When the early voting numbers came in, Brian Studer had 75 votes, Julie Merrill had 76 votes and Bruce MacNair had 78.

"We're all well liked people in the community, so I thought it would be close, but who would have thought it would be this close," Studer said.

When the results came in Saturday evening after the polls closed, Julie Merril received 141 votes and that secured her one of the positions. The other two, Studer and McNair, both came in with 118 votes a piece.

The first thought would be to have a run-off at a later date. However, for that to happen, the city would have to spend thousands of dollars to promote the election and man the polls, along with other expenses.

"We were told we could do another election and I thought that was just ridiculous that we would just waste taxpayers money on another election," McNair said.  

Studer and McNair didn't want the city to have to shell out the money. They were also both ready to get the election over with.

"I see no need in spending 10-thousand extra dollars for a run-off election" Studer said.

Studer initially suggested that the two candidates flip a coin to decide the winner of the race, but little did he know that was a viable option.

"When the city secretary text me with the results, I said can't we just flip a coin, because I knew it would cost a lot for a run off," Studer said.

Turns out the men had three options. One of them could concede, they could schedule a run-off, or they could cast lots. Which means they could perform anything that would decide the election by chance, like a coin toss, drawing straws, etc.

Both men agreed they wanted to save the city money and would face-off in a coin toss. The coin toss will happen Friday, unless provisional or military ballots are found, and change the outcome of the election. They are not expected to get that information until Thursday afternoon.

Now, both Studer and McNair will have to wait to see a flip decide their fate.

"I hope for the best. It's a 50/50 chance, so I hop it comes out all right," Studer said.

"It's in God's hands now, he'll put whoever he wants in the right place... May the best man win," McNair said.

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