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  •  bad news (3+ / 0-)

    In the event of a tie in the electoral college, the House of Representatives chooses the president.

    •  Yeah, that's what I thought. Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

      I was pretty sure that's where it goes, just wanted to know for sure.

      Thank you!

      "We see things not as they are, but as we are." - John Milton

      by Jasonhouse on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 07:57:17 AM PDT

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    •  maybe (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, chimene

      each state gets 1 vote

      you must win a majority of the states

      if a states reps split, eg, 1-1, that state does not cast a vote.

      Thus it is possible that no candidate gets elected by the House..

      The Senate votes on VP

      each Senator gets 1 vote

      winning a majority of the Senate elects the VP

      in theory, sitting VP can vote in case of a tie.

      Thus as long as Senate is 50-50 Biden can break a tie for himself

      if there is no president elected, the VP gets sworn in as VP then given the vacancy in the Presidency gets sworn in as President

      so you need to look not at totals in the H but at state delegation majorities after the election

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 08:12:08 AM PDT

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      •  We would lose in the House... (0+ / 0-)

        The one vote per state kills us because so many Dems live in states with large populations.

        •  you do not yet know that (1+ / 0-)
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          because we also hold control in some small states -   VT, DE for example and we may well control NH after this electon

          you would have to see how this cycle plays out, given the particular H seats that are in play

          Remember that Republicans have a large advantage right now in FL, but that only gives them one vote.

          "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

          by teacherken on Fri Sep 07, 2012 at 10:05:14 AM PDT

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