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People Can't Believe That Playing Cards Are Actually Deciding Ties At The Nevada Caucus

Democracy in action.

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On Saturday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reporter Reid Epstein tweeted a photo of Pahrump precinct chair Peggy Rhoads using playing cards to break a tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during the Nevada caucus.

Pahrump precinct chair Peggy Rhoads with the cards drawn in tied Precinct 10. Hillary's ace beat Bernie's six.

As the photo started getting shared on Twitter, it caused a mix of disbelief and embarrassment that the Nevada caucus actually uses playing cards as a tiebreaker.

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The reactions were similar to those when a coin toss was used as a tiebreaker at the Iowa caucus earlier this month.

imho if a precinct is tied both candidates should have to pick a champion and the champions should fight to the deat https://t.co/1ChXByw49n

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Honestly cannot believe that this is a real thing people do to decide election outcomes. For President. Of America. https://t.co/dnHV71t76B

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According to the Nevada State Democratic Party, the high card determines the winner:

In the rare circumstances where two or more presidential preference groups are tied for the loss or gain of a precinct-level delegate and have the same lowest or highest decimal, groups must draw a single card from a deck of cards to break the tie. High card determines winner.

Also, based on Epstein's photo, aces are high, apparently.

Aces are high, as stipulated in the US Constitution. https://t.co/JA8Ywbzhgv

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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