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Could We Have an Electoral College Tie?

October 12th, 2012

I wrote about the Pros and Cons of the Electoral College 4 years ago after the last election. One interesting tidbit that I didn’t mention was the possibility of a tie. This map, while still unlikely, is completely possible - http://www.270towin.com/2012_election_predictions.php?mapid=HqD.

What Happens With an Electoral College Tie

According to the Constitution a candidate is required to have a majority of the Electoral College to win the presidency. In some of the early elections we had more than 2 viable candidates. The the House of Representatives. Because there were 4 candidates receiving votes none of them got over 50%. In that case the House of Representatives votes and picks a candidate.

Currently, it is impossible to imagine someone other than Romney or Obama winning a state. That means that the only way neither of them would get a majority would be if they tie 269-269. In that case, the election would be decided by the House of Representatives. As the Republicans control the House, it is likely Romney would win a tie. It certainly wouldn’t be the type of victory he’s hoping for though.

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