Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Crunching those numbers right now shows a dead heat. Literally. It is entirely feasible that at this point in the race John Kerry has 269 Electoral College votes leaning his way and President Bush tallies the same exact number leaning to his side. That leaves a tally of 269-269, but it takes 270 Electoral College votes to win.
What does that mean?
Recounts, accusations of voter fraud and a deeply divided nation. The U.S. House of Representatives would pick the president and vice-president according to the 12th amendment to the US Constitution. Oh--and add plenty of work for lawyers, courts and a bitter partisan fight that would likely last longer than the 2000 vote tally. It would wreak havoc with the presidential election process even more than in 2000 and cause massive chaos.