Election 2008


How Bloomberg Could Stall the Presidential Election

January 14, 2008 05:43 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
If New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg runs for president and wins his home state, he could split the Electoral College. In that event, the battle for the presidency might reach a stalemate.

30-Second Summary

In June 2007, the Web site Real Clear Politics looked at the possible impact New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg could have on the presidential race if he ran in 2008.

The site speculates that he might get enough of the vote from the Electoral College to prevent any presidential candidate from securing the majority of 270 or more electoral votes needed to win. 

In that event, the House of Representatives would decide on the victor. Each of the 50 states would cast one vote to elect the president.

That would leave the Democrats with a one-vote advantage over the Republicans. If that vote were to go to the independent candidate in the race, then the election would be tied again.

At that point, according to the 12th Amendment, the vice president, elected by the Senate, would temporarily take on the role of president until the House made up its mind.

Thankfully, it has never come to that. On the two occasions when the Electoral College failed to produce a clear majority, in 1800 and 1824, the House was able to decide on a candidate.

Headline Link: ‘Michael Bloomberg vs. the 12th Amendment’

Reference Material: Electoral College and the tiebreaker

Electoral College
The 12th Amendment
'Deadlock: What Happens if Nobody Wins'

Analysis: Real Clear Politics; Interactive Electoral College map

Historical Context: 1800 and 1824 elections


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