House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised the possibility that she might become acting president if neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins enough electoral votes to declare victory in the election on or after Nov. 3.
While speaking to reporters, the California Democrat said she is preparing House Democrats for a potential role in determining the winner with a vote by each state delegation.
But if a majority still does not emerge for either Trump or Biden, Pelosi said, “then it goes into another range where the speaker becomes the [president]. It’s complicated after that.”
Pelosi mentioned Democrats must win enough seats in the House in order to ensure the presidential election can be handled by them if there are any issues, as reported by Fox News.
While Democrats hold more seats in the House chamber, the GOP actually holds an advantage in terms of state delegations.
Republicans control 26 states to the Democratic Party’s 22.
The remaining two states are essentially tied.
“We have all sorts of opportunities to take down that one vote,” Pelosi said of the remote possibility.
Pelosi is girding party lawmakers to play a role if the election is so close that neither Trump nor Biden is the electoral winner.
In such a scenario, each House state delegation would cast one vote for president, depending on the majority party in each delegation.
Days earlier, Pelosi sent a letter to House Democrats cautioning them of the possibility that the election could ultimately be in their hands, offering a path for victory if such a longshot opportunity came to pass.
“The Constitution says that a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win,” she wrote, according to Fox News. “We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so. Because we cannot leave anything to chance, House Majority PAC is doing everything it can to win more delegations for Democrats.”
The speaker went on to claim that it was “sad we have to plan this way, but it’s what we must do to ensure the election is not stolen.”
As Politico reported, the House has not decided an election since 1876, and such an outcome this year would almost certainly be far more bitterly partisan than any other political fight the nation has experienced in the modern era.
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— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 4, 2020
“We have all sorts of opportunities.”@SpeakerPelosi raised the long-shot possibility that she could become the acting president if neither President Trump or #JoeBiden receives enough electoral votes to declare victory in November. https://t.co/8YPQslQrEm
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) October 2, 2020
Again, it’s not likely this will happen, but it could all come down to 1 seat in House casting the tie-breaking vote on who wins the election.
Republicans have the advantage as of now, but that could change if Democrats pick up seats in the election.