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What Happens if Obama and Romney Tie?

If the electoral college vote ends up even at 269-269, the process moves to Congress.

Did the results from Dixville Notch, NH, this morning foreshadow a presidential election scenario that is not so far-fetched? The Dixville results showed a 5-5 tie between Obama and Romney.

Should no one get 270 electoral votes, the race might be a tie at 269 each — it's not a far-fetched scenario. If so, the incoming House picks the President in January. Each state delegation gets one vote. The House will likely retain a Republican majority, so it would choose Romney.The Senate gets to choose the VP on a straight vote, and it will likely still have a Democratic majority, so it would pick Biden.

It is therefore conceivable that we could have a Republican president and a Democratic vice-president! Maybe then a more bipartisan spirit will return to Washington, or would it be worse? What do you think?

DON886 November 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I think if Romney was president, at least the class warfare would stop and Romney would attempt to work with Congress, unlike Obama who seems to be the most partisan politics president in modern history. We would still have some both people from both parties on extreme ends and making things difficult, but at least Obama out of the way helps a great deal as he does have a powerful veto power. The VP has no real authority other than breaking Senate ties, so I don't think that matters.
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