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what happens if there is tie?

I was reading on my local news website, that the state of FL is showing a "statisically tie" between McCain & Obama. What happens to the Electoral College? Are those vote devided in half? If so, how can that be when FL has 27 votes? You cannot devide 27 in half?!?!

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Asked by mrschrono at 4:20 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Each state allots it's electoral college votes differently. For some, it's winner take all. For others, the votes are divided up to match the popular vote.
    If there is a tie in the Electoral College vote, then the House decides.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:29 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Oh, and assuming Florida is one of the states that divides up the vote based on the popular vote... how would they divide that 27th person if there was a tie? Most likely your state Senate would decide. So if your senate is democrat controlled, that 27th person would go to Obama, if republican controlled, McCain.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:39 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Florida is a winner takes all state. It is highly unlikely that the vote in Florida will actually wind up in a tie. I "statistical tie" means that the polling data doesn't show a clear winner (ie, both McCain and Obama are close enough percentage wise for it to be within the margin of error).

    Answer by Imaginaryfriend at 5:31 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Thanks for clearing that up Imaginaryfriend! :)

    Answer by mrschrono at 6:24 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

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