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  •  In a three way race? (1+ / 0-)
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    Is a three way race even possible or is it specifically limited to 2 candidates? And do they have to be members of the Majority? From what I understand, they don't even have to be members of Congress.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:23:37 AM PST

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    •  No limit on candidates (0+ / 0-)
      As the Civil War approached, several sectional factions nominated their own candidates, often making it difficult for any candidate to attain a majority. In 1855 and again in 1859, for example, the contest for Speaker lasted for two months before the House achieved a result. Speakers tended to have very short tenures; for example, from 1839 to 1863 there were eleven Speakers, only one of whom served for more than one term. To date, James K. Polk is the only Speaker of the House later elected President of the United States.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:00:44 PM PST

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