Republicans hoping to stop Donald Trump are hoping for a deadlocked convention. But what about a deadlocked electoral college? A third party effort in today’s climate could make that happen. Whereupon the choice for president is up to the House of Representatives. Which Republicans control. Maybe they would pick someone good.
Eoin Higgins puts this idea forward and runs some numbers to show it could happen.
UPDATE: Thanks to Todd for quoting to me the 12th Amendment, which requires the House of Representatives, in the event that no one wins an electoral majority, to choose from the top three candidates. So theoretically, a third party candidate could be chosen in the House. The Republican majority would have to go against its own party’s candidate, which could possibly happen. But there is not much hope for this option. [Read more…]