The most relevant precedent for a contested 2020 election that winds up in the House is the 1876 election between Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. That election saw disputed returns in four states – Florida, South Carolina, Louisiana and Oregon – with a total of 20 electoral votes.
Excluding those 20 disputed electors, Tilden had 184 pledged electors of the 185 needed for victory in the Electoral College; Hayes had 165. Tilden was clearly the front-runner – but Hayes would win if all the contested votes went for him.
As the country waits for ballot tallies in a handful of key states, the Trump campaign has pursued lawsuits in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and said it would demand a recount in Wisconsin. These actions could delay the formal certification of votes. Here is how the election process usually works:
Electoral College votes
One candidate wins majority
If lawsuits and recounts persist — and if vote margins are razor thin in key states — it could be weeks before President Trump or Joseph R. Biden Jr. is named the winner. In some scenarios, the contest could drag into 2021. So what happens then?
This would result in a Contested Election
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