“Barbecue is the third rail of North Carolina politics.”
Man, elections are hard:
In other words, Diamond and Arthur played three games of chance. Each game provided 50-50 odds to each man. Diamond won two of the games, but Arthur won the seat because the third game was the only one that mattered.
Just remember that the next time you think your vote doesn’t matter. It matters.
Update: Speaking of local governments, I love this bit of insight into state legislatures from John Oliver.