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  1. #1 If the Electoral vote is Obama:269 McCain :269 
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    Care to guess who would cast the deciding vote? :D

    Would that be too funny?
     

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    If it's a tie Obama wins.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eyelids View Post
    If it's a tie Obama wins.
    No..he'll fall one vote short
     

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    Doesn't each state's delegation get one vote?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by LibraryLady View Post
    Doesn't each state's delegation get one vote?
    No..The current Vice President casts the deciding vote

    oops...you're right it does go to the states...
    Last edited by rjas77; 08-22-2008 at 12:53 PM.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjas77 View Post
    No..The current Vive President casts the deciding vote
    Have they changed the law since 2004?

    Before Congress would get involved, there would be a 41-day opportunity for either side to coax an elector to switch sides. Of the more than 17,000 electors who have been chosen since the days of George Washington, only 10 have been "faithless." One D.C. elector refused to cast a ballot in 2000 (as a protest over the District's lack of voting rights). Before that, a 1988 Michael Dukakis elector in West Virginia decided to vote for his running mate, Lloyd Bentsen. So who knows what could happen? But let's say that when the electoral college members meet in their respective state capitals on Dec. 13 (41 days after the election), the result is a 269-269 tie. The election then goes to the House.

    Each state's delegation in the House gets one vote; that's true whether it's California, with its 53 members, or Wyoming, with its one member. If a state's delegation is split evenly, it would abstain from voting.
     

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    Yup you're right...I was wrong....
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjas77 View Post
    Yup you're right...I was wrong....
    No problem. It would, however, be an amusing scenario. :D
     

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