What if the 2012 Presidential Election Ends in a Tie?
October 25, 2012
The final days of a close race for the White House, like the one now unfolding between President Obama and Mitt Romney, are always loud, tense, and messy, but most end with a clear result.
What if this year is different, and Nov. 6 is only the beginning of the chaos?
What if it ends in a tie?
An Electoral College tie -- with each man getting 269 votes instead of the 270 needed to win -- is possible, analysts say, a result that would unleash enough political and legal disorder to make people yearn for the tamer controversy over "hanging chads" in the 2000 Florida recount.
In a tie scenario, the Constitution says the House of Representatives would choose the next president, and the Senate would choose the vice president -- provided no members of the Electoral College desert their candidate. There's a term for this phenomenon: faithless electors.
This is a possibility...
as shown below:
However, the joke...
may be on Obama!
Maine is one of just two states that allows a presidential candidate to pick-up an electoral vote even if he/she loses the state. President Obama is firmly ahead in Maine's 1st Congressional District, but recent polls show that Romney is within striking distance in Maine's more conservative 2nd District. And, with national pundits beginning to consider the prospect of a tie in the national electoral college, even one electoral vote could make a difference on Election Day.
And what can that lead to? See below:
Here to your 2nd place finish...