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BOISE -- The flip of a coin has decided the mayor's race in the small southern Idaho town of Albion.

Voters were evenly split on the Nov. 5th election for incumbent Mayor Don Bowden and challenger John Davis, with each man getting 60 votes. Idaho law requires ties in a municipal election be settled with a coin toss.

A small crowd gathered at the Albion City Hall Thursday for a special meeting to decide the race.

Albion City Clerk Mary Yeaman used a centennial silver coin commemorating D.L. Evans Bank for the toss.

Bowden called tails and the coin landed on the tails side, so Bowden retains his seat as mayor.

Yeaman, who has been clerk for 12 years, says she's never had to break a tie before. She said she was nervous but everything went well Thursday night.

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