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January 5, 2012

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

Now that the Iowa near tie has set in, let's put it in some electoral perspective. Not since the Mayor of Irvington, New York, was "elected" by picking a lucky coin out of a hat have we seen a tie vote in New York. That was 2005, the very same year a tie was broken for Cold Spring Trustee in Putnam Valley by seeing who drew the longer Brooks Brothers collar stay. No need to resort to such unconventional rituals in the Hawkeye State — after all, eight votes is still a clear win. And no recount was even necessary.

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