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Tie between Oregon candidates ended by rolling dice

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The two candidates tied for the Independent Party nomination for Oregon House District 30 were each given one die, with the higher number winning the nomination and ties leading to another throw. (KPTV) The two candidates tied for the Independent Party nomination for Oregon House District 30 were each given one die, with the higher number winning the nomination and ties leading to another throw. (KPTV)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

It was not exactly Vegas, but at the Oregon Secretary of State's office Friday, all eyes were on a pair of dice.

The two players, Republican Dan Mason and Democrat Janeen Sollman, both already won the nominations for their respective parties.

The prize in Salem Friday was the right to also claim the Independent party nomination for the Oregon House District 30 race.

Back in May, the primary race for the Hillsboro seat ended in a tie, with both candidates receiving exactly 41 write-in votes. That triggered an unusual tiebreaker, per state law

"The statutes don't specify exactly how it must be done, it just says that it must be determined by 'lot,'" Director of Oregon Elections Division Jim Williams explained.

In other words, the election had to be decided by a game of chance.

Each candidate was given one die, with the higher number winning the nomination and ties leading to another throw.

Mason rolled first, throwing a six. Sollman could not match, throwing a three.   

With that, Mason won the Independent nomination, while smartly avoiding a tongue and cheek question from the awaiting press about “state sponsored gambling.”

Friday marked the first time in decades such a tiebreaker was conducted in Oregon.

While both candidates will remain on the November ballot as the Republican and Democratic nominees, the additional title of Independent candidate could offer an advantage for Mason.

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