Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Four Horseman of the Apocolypse

Photo: Michael Vadon
Donald Trump - R

Hillary Clinton - D

Bernie Sanders - I

Photo: Rubenstein
Michael Bloomberg - I

So, in the possible eventuality  of a four way split in which no candidate receives sufficient electoral college votes the choice goes to congress.  The House gets to elect the president from the three candidates with the most electoral votes, the Senate gets to pick the vice from the two vice presidential candidates with the most electoral votes. 

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.

 Can you see it happening? Clinton gets the nod by benefit of superdelegates and Bernie stages an independent run while Bloomberg tosses his hat in the ring for the hell of it? Alternatively you could bump Bloomberg and see Trump stage an independent bid against Cruz or whoever the Republican nominee turns out to be.

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