March 8, 2014
EUREKA, Nev. (AP) - An eight of hearts was enough for Jackie
Berg to keep her job as Eureka County clerk-treasure - but not by much.
Berg and Republican challenger Carrie Wright turned to a quirky
Nevada tradition Monday night to decide the outcome of the Nov. 2
Berg is a member of the Independent American Party. Initial tallies showed her with 376 votes to Wright's 373. But Wright requested a recount, which resulted in a tie. A court then denied a legal challenge by Berg.
State law requires election ties to be determined by a game of chance. The two chose to draw cards.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports Wright picked the first card and kept it faced down. Berg picked next.
Berg's eight of hearts beat Wright's three of hearts.