Christian talk radio host Steve Deace crunched the latest numbers for the electoral college and, among other things, stirred up an interesting possibility that may not be a far-fetched as it sounds: a Romney-Biden administration. Yes, you read that right:
As Mitt Romney takes the lead in several national tracking polls, the Electoral College — where the presidential campaign will really be decided — grows closer.
It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win. After consulting data from several respected pollsters and pundits on both sides of the aisle, as well as what I’m hearing from my own little birdies across the country, here’s where I believe things stand with 12 days to go.
As it stands today I believe President Obama has 267 Electoral College votes either safe or leaning his way. . . . He could afford to lose Iowa or Nevada and still win the presidency, but a loss in either Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania would be lethal.
As it stands today I believe Romney has 244 Electoral College votes safe or leaning his way. If you remove the leans (I consider Colorado, Florida, and North Carolina as leaning towards Romney at the moment), the Republican challenger would have just 191 Electoral College votes. That means Romney cannot really afford to lose any of those states in the final days if he has a chance at winning the presidency. . . .
Can there be a 269-269 tie?
A 269-269 tie could occur if you just took the 2004 presidential election map and flip Nevada to the Republicans and Ohio to the Democrats. In other words, it’s more possible than it’s ever been. According to the 12th Amendment, that would result in the House of Representatives determining the president and the Senate determining the vice president. That means we could end up with Romney-Biden. More likely should that occur, we’d get months if not a year’s worth of litigation and all you-know-what breaking loose before finding out who the winner is. Think the 2000 Florida Recall fiasco on steroids.