Iowa Democrats had their coin toss, but Nevada Dems will break caucus ties on Saturday in true Las Vegas fashion — using a deck of cards.
When Democratic caucusgoers gather throughout the state on Saturday, each precinct will have an unopened, state party-supplied deck of cards and rules on how to settle ties between Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump on presidency: 'I thought it would be easier' Trump threatens to scrap 'horrible' South Korea trade deal New science-fiction book set in future where Clinton won MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Trump set to sign offshore drilling order Meghan McCain: Obama 'a dirty capitalist like the rest of us' Dems might begin again with Kamala Harris and California MORE.
According to a party memo issued on Feb. 8, in case of a tie, “a game of chance will decide” which candidate is awarded precinct delegates. Here’s how it works:
First, each deck must be shuffled seven times. A supporter from each group will draw a card and the highest one wins a delegate.
If each group chooses the same number or face card, the card suit will then settle who wins the tie. The suits are ranked from highest to lowest: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs.
This wouldn’t be the first time the tie-breaking method has been used.
At least two instances of using a deck of cards were reported at precinct locations in 2008, where then-Illinois Sen. Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSchiff: Trump will blame Obama during his entire presidency Trump must challenge Iran's ongoing human rights abuses Overnight Cybersecurity: Anticipation builds for Trump cyber order | House panel refers Clinton IT contractor for prosecution | Pentagon warned Flynn about foreign payments MORE won a delegate because his supporter drew a higher card than the Clinton backer.
Iowa Democrats were ridiculed earlier this month when several coin tosses determined the winner of precinct caucuses.
According to The Des Moines Register, the state party’s smartphone app reported that Sanders won six out of seven coin flips. The Register found six coin flips and that Clinton won. It’s unclear whether there’s overlap in these coin flips, but strategists say it’s unlikely they affected caucus results.