Two years ago we all had a good laugh at the expense of a hung British parliament resulting in an unprecedented “coalition government“.
We laughed too soon, guys. Far too soon.
1. We all know that our president gets elected by the electoral college and not the popular vote.
2. A candidate needs 270 votes to win the electoral college.
3. This means the election comes down to a few key states whose importance is unjustly rewarded with misfortune in the form of billions of advertising dollars.
But this is an unusually close race. Which brings me to the all important:
4. What happens if both candidates get 269 votes, resulting in the American version of a hung parliament?
Well, besides lots of nail biting and wasted balloons and confetti…
5. The NEWLY elected House votes and elects a new president while the Senate votes to elect the VP.
6. Only one vote per state in the House, so… if states are split along party lines…
7. The House will be unable to elect a president.
8. The VP elected by the Senate becomes the new president.
To recap, if the electoral college is tied we could potentially be looking at
A) A Romney-Biden administration. Or,
B) A Biden presidency.