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  •  Actuallly.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...since a 269 to 269 Electoral College tie would go to the NEW congress, the Senate will have more than enough votes to make Biden VP.  Then, if the House isn't able to muster 26 votes for a candidate by Jan 20th, Biden would become "Acting President" and remain so until McCain or Obama get 26 votes in the House.

    As for those who are saying 269-269 isn't possible, I've played with the map and if things remain close in certain states, there are 2 or 3 scenarios that end in a tie.

    Yes...there would probably be some pressure from both sides for 1 or 2 electors to switch, but the people chosen to go to the Electoral College are deeply dedicated, no-holds-bared party folks.  That is why they are chosen.  

    The deals would more than likely come in the House vote.  And all I can say to the "blue dog Dems" who might consider casting their vote for McCain...I have two words for them:  Joseph. Lieberman.

    Any Dem who votes for McCain and becomes responsible for a McCain presidency (albiet with Biden as VP) would become a pariah within the party.

    But we shouldn't worry our heads TOO much.  FiveThirtyEight currently puts the odds of a tie happening in the Electoral College at 1.08%.

    •  Agreed... (0+ / 0-)

      ...this is more a product of boredom + number crunching.

      Though, I think it's useful to know.

      "I have hope because what's the alternative to hope? Despair? If you have despair, you might as well put your head in the oven." Studs Terkel

      by bristol on Tue Sep 23, 2008 at 03:10:24 PM PDT

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      •  Then again... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...in 2000 the conventional thinking the weekend before the election was that Al Gore would lose the popular vote but win the presidency in the Electoral College.  

        No one saw the reverse coming.

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