What happens if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes?

Here’s an interesting twist: what if Michael Bloomberg runs as a 3rd party candidate and siphons some electoral votes from, say Clinton and Trump, keeping them both from attaining the  necessary 270 electoral votes.

Could create a very interesting situation.

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So, what happens if none of the presidential candidates 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.

Note that for President, each state gets one vote in the House … not each rep.  So a majority of each state’s reps determine the state’s vote.

Republicans currently have Congressional majorities in 33 states.

So, it would be possible for Clinton to get more popular and electoral votes than Trump (or Bloomberg) … but, if she falls short of 270 … the GOP congress reps could hoist Trump to the Presidency.

Now that would be a hoot.


By the way, yes, it’s possible that the tickets could be split.

For example, the GOP House-elect would probably hold it’s nose and pick Trump …  but, if the Dems retake the Senate, and then a Senate-elect Dem majority could select Hillary’s running mate for V.P. … or Bloomberg’s … or Trump’s.

In this wacky election cycle, anything can happen.

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