We came really close to an electoral college tie

It seems underappreciated how close we came to a 269-269 electoral tie.

Biden’s margin in Georgia was 0.23% (11,779 votes) His margin in Arizona was 0.31% (10,457 votes) and his margin in Wisconsin was 0.63% (20,682 votes.) A national swing of less than a percent would’ve resulted in a Trump win. That wouldn’t have taken much. A better first debate performance when he was probably sick with Covid could’ve been enough.

A national swing of one percent would have resulted in a 269-269 tie, which would have sent the election to the House of Representatives, where each house delegation would get one vote, a scenario under which Republicans would have the edge.


How come this isn’t discussed more?

Is it that it took a few days to determine the exact electoral count? Is it that people are unfamiliar with how it works when the election goes to the House (Bill Maher suggested in a recent episode that Republicans need to win the House in order for the House of Representatives to decide the election, which suggests his fact-checkers hadn’t made that point)?

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at mistermets@gmail.com
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