- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A hard-fought campaign for an Espanola City Council seat led to a recount before three tosses of a quarter in a Santa Fe courtroom broke the resulting tie.

State District Judge Francis Matthew tossed a quarter three times Thursday, and Michelle Martinez won when the third toss went “tails” a second time.

Rival Philip Chacon had chosen “heads.”

Initial results from the March 4 election had Chacon beating Martinez by a small margin, but Martinez demanded a recount among confusion about printing and counting of absentee ballots.

The recount had Chacon and Martinez tied with 167 votes each.

New Mexico law provides for tied election races to be decided by a game of chance.

Chacon had also complained about the election and he said Thursday he still feels that way.

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