High card wins political race

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. And that is how Gary McComb of Murphysboro, Ill., held onto his seat as ward Alderman.

The race pitted McComb against challenger Andrew Erbis. When all the ballots were counted on election night last month, each man had 115 votes. Then the absentee ballots were counted and each man had 117 votes.

So city officials decided to break the tie by having the candidates cut a deck of cards. Erbis cut first, and drew a two of hearts, which more or less ended his candidacy right then and there.

"When I pulled the two, I thought, this isn't going to end well for me," said Erbis with a laugh. But he was philosophical about it: "It's a card draw, there's an even number of cards, and it's fair for either one."

In the end, it was a landslide of sorts: McComb drew an ace of hearts.


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