What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes?

Below is our original post from January 2012 … way before it’s time.

The facts are still the same, but the context has changed with Obama going head-to-head with Romney … and folks asking “What if they tie?”

Click here for an updated post specific to Obama-Romney

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What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes?
The Homa Files, January 2012

There are still rumbles that some candidate (think Ron Paul) might run as a 3rd party candidate.

The conventional pundit wisdom is that a 3rd party candidate who splits off from the GOP would simply siphon off GOP votes and seal Obama’s re-election.

I have another scenario to offer up.

What if Ron Paul ran on a 3rd party ticket and was able to win one or more swing states?

Sounds crazy, but think Wisconsin, Colorado and New Hampshire … ‘wildcard’ swing states with large college populations.

Keep in mind that Paul has enthusiastic support among college kids and young adults … partly driven by his staunch anti-war philosophies, his reverence for the Constitution  and his unshakable candor.

To that point, it’s being reported that — based on exit polls — Ron Paul won over  half of the votes of those under 30 in the New Hampshire contest.

Imagine that Paul wins enough electoral delegates to keep Obama or, say, Romney from reaching the magic number – 270 electoral votes.

What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes?

According to the Electoral College web site …

If no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the House of Representatives elects the President from the 3 Presidential candidates who received the most electoral votes. Each State delegation has one vote.

The Senate would elect the Vice President from the 2 Vice Presidential candidates with the most electoral votes, with each Senator casting one vote for Vice President.

So, the Congressional arm that Obama keeps ranting about could be the body that ultimately determines whether he’ll be living in DC or Chicago after the election.

Wouldn’t that ironic twist be fun to watch ?

Click here for an updated post specific to Obama-Romney

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