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An electoral college tie?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by spinning27, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. spinning27

    spinning27 New Member

    It's entirely conceivable that the presidential election could end in a 269-269 tie.

    Here's how you get there.

    Obama wins California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, DC, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

    McCain wins Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee

    The last time this happened, they didn't have cable news shows. Hell, they didn't have TV. What would it be like leading up to the House vote to decide the presidency?
  2. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    2000 election times 100.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
    Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
    The dead rising from the grave!
    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
  4. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

  5. HackyMcHack

    HackyMcHack Member

    People are going to be wishing that Tim Russert were still around....

    Let's review what happens here: House decides the president, Senate the vice president. Senate has one person, one vote--not sure if the outgoing vice president gets to be the tie-breaking vote in this case or not. The house, OTOH, won't be one person, one vote. Each state (plus or minus DC--their might be a constitutional fight on that one since DC doesn't have a true representative) will have one vote.

    The true nightmare scenario: Neither McCain or Obama gets 26 states in the House, and the vice-presidents tie 50-50 in the Senate (again, not sure about the role Cheney would have here--or if Sen. Byrd or someone else would be able to filibuster) by Jan. 20. I believe the speaker of the house becomes acting president until the tie is broken, no?
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Ain't happening.
  7. Boognish

    Boognish Member

    If their records against common opponents are the same, I believe it then goes to a coin flip.
  8. RecentAZgrad

    RecentAZgrad Active Member

    Why not run differential?
  9. Boognish

    Boognish Member

    Costner's already all over it. Problem solved.

  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    What would happen is there would be a free-for-all among the electors, with both campaigns going all-out to try and get one or two of them to flip before the Electoral College casts its vote in mid-December. Only afterward, if nobody still has 270, would the vote go to Congress.

  11. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    One of the little known provisions on the Electoral College is that, in the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a naked jello wrestling match between the candidates spouses.

    Thank God that Hillary didn't win the nomination.
  12. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Do they get extra bonus points for victory on artificial turf?
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