JOE Biden and Donald Trump are closely linked in one of the “most important elections in American history”.
In the unlikely, but possible, event that Trump and Biden each get 269 electoral votes, the Constitution says the House of Representatives chooses the president, with each state having one vote and the Senate choosing the vice president.
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What happens if the candidates are tied?
A 269-269 tie is unlikely, but there are different possible scenarios that could arise.
If none of the presidential candidates obtains 270 votes in the electoral college, the Constitution obliges the House of Representatives to choose the president.
The Senate would then choose the vice-president.
However, while Democrats are close to being in charge of the House of Representatives, that doesn’t mean Biden would automatically win.
Nancy Pelosi said the House of Representatives was “ready” and “prepared” to face a possible tie.
Speaking to NPR, Pelosi said, “But don’t worry just yet.
“What we want to be ready for is a big vote tomorrow to dispel any thought other than that, on January 20, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President of the United States, that we will have a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate.”
Has there ever been a tie in an American election?
The House decided only two elections – both of which came before the current threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win.
“If none of the candidates obtains a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election of the president is decided in the House of Representatives, each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is required to win. Senators would elect the vice-chair, with each senator having one vote. It takes a majority of senators (51) to win, ”the website says.
How tied are Trump and Clinton in 2016?
Hillary Clinton got the most individual votes from U.S. citizens in 2016, but Donald Trump won the most electoral votes.
In 2016, Trump won the Electoral College with 304 votes to 227 votes for Hillary Clinton.
Trump, 74, is now hoping to win a second term after four tumultuous years in which the country’s economy exploded and then collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden failed to deliver a knockout blow by winning key states that paved the way for the presidency and, once again, Trump defied opinion polls to create a nighttime election shake up.
Trump won Florida early on, and despite early indications of possible shock wins for Biden in the Red States, the Democrat’s lead was eroded over the evening as more votes were counted – leaving the election to the razor wire.
The Republican brand has since taken on both Texas and Ohio giving it a total of 56 electoral votes.
A ray of hope for the Democratic challenger was a prediction that he would wrest Arizona away from Trump.
For months, opinion polls had predicted Biden would win by far after four years of a turbulent Trump presidency.
But tonight’s race was a lot tighter than they had expected, with whispers of a ‘shy Trump vote’ coming true – like in 2016.
If Trump and Biden take the states they should win, the race could be in Pennsylvania and the result could be days, if not weeks.
In 2016, Trump won the election with 306 electoral votes, meaning Biden will have to take back at least three major swing states to get him past the 270 mark.
If Biden won the swing states of, say, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, that would put Democrats in 270 to Republicans 259 and Biden would take the White House.