At the coin toss, Yanacsek called heads but the coin flipped by an election official came up tails, leading to celebration from Burns’ supporters. The two men shook hands and hugged briefly. The board then voted to declare Burns the winner.
Robert Burns was elected mayor of Monroe, North Carolina, after a tiebreaking coin toss. Burns and runner-up Bob Yanacsek each garnered 970 votes in the Nov. 3 election.
Burns will succeed Marion Holloway, who did not seek reelection in Monroe, a city of 35,000 roughly 25 miles southeast of Charlotte. Burns highlighted his family, faith and business background on his campaign website.