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Even an Electoral College Tie Would Have Spelled Defeat for Hillary Clinton

There was a period during the intense drama of Tuesday night’s election when it appeared possible that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would both end up with 269 electoral votes, leaving them tied for the presidency. Should this happen in a presidential election, the Constitution mandates that the House of Representatives choose the winner after the electors cast their votes, which would have prolonged the 2016 political grappling until early January.

But there’s a catch in the rules: Rather than have all 435 House members cast a ballot to break a tie, each state’s congressional delegation chooses a winner independently, so that there are ultimately only 50 or 51 votes cast. (The District of Columbia’s role is ambiguous.) This procedure will be familiar to any fan of the HBO political satire Veep, in which President Meyer is relying on 26 votes in the House to break a deadlock in the electoral college.

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