By Lisa Hagen - 02/16/16 07:11 PM EST
Nevada Dem delegates may come down to luck of the draw
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 Clinton'Feel Bern' PAC comes under scrutiny Email story won’t end for Clinton Trump warns against Syrian refugees: 'A lot of those people are ISIS' MORE and Bernie SandersBernie Sanders'Feel Bern' PAC comes under scrutiny Email story won’t end for Clinton Dems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle 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 ObamaClinton camp: Trump's fundraising 'bragging is total bunk' Football coach Ditka: 'Happy' to speak at GOP convention but not invited Obama blames ISIS for Istanbul attack 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.