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What happens if both candidates get 269 electoral votes?

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What happens if both candidates get 269 electoral votes?


JOE Biden and Donald Trump are closely tied in one of “the most consequential elections in American history.”

In the unlikely but possible event of Trump and Biden getting 269 electoral votes each, 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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 Donald Trump

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Donald Trump

What happens if the candidates tie?

A 269-269 tie is unlikely, but there are possible different scenarios that could occur.

If neither presidential candidate gets 270 Electoral College votes, the Constitution requires the House of Representatives to pick the president.

The Senate would then pick the vice president.

 Vice President Joe Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden

However, although Democrats are poised to be in charge of the House of Representatives, this doesn’t mean Biden would automatically win.

The House has decided only two elections — both occurring before the current threshold of 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Thomas Jefferson defeated Aaron Burr in 1800 (fans of the Broadway play “Hamilton” should know this well). Jefferson and Burr were both part of the Democratic-Republican Party and finished in a 73-73 tie before the House gave the win to Jefferson.

“If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) is needed to win. Senators would elect the Vice-President, with each Senator having a vote. A majority of Senators (51) is needed to win,” the website states.

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