Braden claims victory after tie, two recounts and 'game of chance'

City Council Elections

Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux cuts the cards before a “game of chance” which will decide who clinches the third and final city council seat. After a recount, it was determined that Tom Weidenhamer and Rodney Braden were locked in a bona-fide tie.

Special to The Log
Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 06:16 PM.

The queen of spades decided who would round out the Destin City Council.

In the event of a tie, Florida election law states that “a game of chance,” pre-determined by both candidates, will decide who wins the seat.

To see a video of the 'game of chance,' CLICK HERE.

Candidates Rodney Braden and Tom Weidenhamer agreed to a game of high card. Braden drew the queen, while Weidenhamer pulled a 5.

"That was crazy," Braden said via phone while pulling out of the Crestview elections office building. "I'm excited."

On election night, Braden held a slim, one-vote lead over Weidenhamer with two provisional ballots left to be counted. After the ballots were examined Friday, one was validated and the vote tied. Given the tie, a machine recount ensued, followed by a manual recount and ultimately the game of chance.

"In this case, it was the luck of the draw," Weidenhamer said of the results. "I wish all the best to Mr. Rodney; he has the best intentions for the city."

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