A scenario making the rounds with just over a week to go before the country chooses its next president is the potential for an Electoral College tie.
With the two candidates neck and neck, there is at least a slight possibility that each man could end up with 269 Electoral votes, putting each one short of the required 270.
According to the website 270towin.com, there are 32 potential scenarios that would result in a tie.
So what happens if neither candidate can pull off 270? The election is in the hands of the House of Representatives. But should the House be called into action, the 435 members would not cast one vote apiece. Instead, members would vote by delegation. One state, one vote. Each delegation would caucus and choose its preferred president from among the top three vote-getters.
Presumably, GOP controlled delegations would vote for Republican nominee Mitt Romney, while the Democrat-controlled delegations would presumably cast their vote for President Barack Obama.
The winner needs 26 state votes.
So where does New Jersey fit into the equation?
The House vote would be taken by the new Congress elected on November 6. For New Jersey that will mean the delegation will now be made up of 12 members and if all goes as expected be split evenly among Republicans and Democrats.
In the likely event a majority of the delegation cannot agree on a candidate, the state’s vote is not counted, meaning despite what will probably be a landslide margin for Obama, New Jersey will not cast a vote his way.
The latest count puts the number of Republican-controlled delegations at 28 or 29, meaning Romney would walk away with the presidency.
The Senate would then choose the vice president, with each Senator casting a single vote. Should Democrats control the upper chamber after Nov. 6, vice president Joe Biden would take office alongside President Mitt Romney.