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Politics Pelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report

05:15  28 september  2020
05:15  28 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has begun mobilizing Democrats for the possibility that neither Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump will win an outright Electoral College victory, a once-in-a-century phenomenon that would send the fate of the presidency to the House of Representatives to decide .

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly preparing lawmakers for the possibility of an Electoral College tie forcing the House to decide the election, according to a Politico report published Sunday.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Pelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report © Greg Nash Pelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report

Such a scenario would involve each of the 50 state delegations in the House having just one vote in the process, Pelosi reportedly warned House Democrats in a letter Sunday, and would force Democrats to shift their strategy ahead of November.

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President Donald Trump heads into the debate trailing former Vice President Joe Biden . The second is Biden has to win the Clinton states, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Nebraska's 2nd congressional district (the winner in each congressional district in Nebraska gets an electoral vote).

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"The Constitution says that a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win," the House leader wrote, according to Politico. "We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so."

A tie in the Electoral College could result from a number of scenarios, including neither candidate reaching 270 electoral votes due to voting totals or as the result of so-called "faithless" electors, or electors who do not vote for the candidate who is victorious in their state.

An elector hasn't voted for the candidate to come in second place in their state since 1968, according to 270 To Win, but in 2016 several electors refused to cast their votes at all, an unusually high number.

Republicans currently hold overall control of 26 state delegations, compared to 23 for Democrats. Pennsylvania's delegation is split evenly. Both of those numbers could change wildly in November, however, as all 435 voting members of the House are up for reelection.

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