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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: What if no one gets 270 electoral votes?

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Most of the electoral vote counters have swung in Barack Obama's favor
during the past week, but it still looks as if the presidential
election will be close. In fact, there are at least two plausible
scenarios for the candidates tying at 269 electoral votes each. That
would happen if Obama won all the states John Kerry won in 2004, plus
Iowa, New Mexico and Nevada, or if Obama won all the Kerry states
except for New Hampshire, plus Iowa, New Mexico and Colorado. The
Constitution stipulates that the House of Representatives picks the
president if no candidate wins 270 electoral votes, while the Senate
picks the vice president. But it's not a simple vote of the House
members; they vote by state delegation.

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