...the House of Representatives votes, state by state, for the President. This means that if Great Plains were a state with 1 congressperson (Democrat), that person would presumably back the Democrat. If Metropolis were a state with 31 representatives (16 Republicans and 15 Democrats) then assuming party lines hold, that's one vote for the Republicans.
Here's a chart showing how this looked before the 2010 elections:
With a few results pending, the picture has changed:
The upshot of this is that if the Electoral College result (remembering that the distribution by states will change by 2012) produces a dead heat (269-269 for example) then right now it would mean a Republican President and a Democrat Vice President (the Senate gets to vote for the Vice President in this scenario).
Posted by Antoine Clarke at 11/03/2010 11:41:00 p.m.
At the time of writing, CBS News reckons there are 28 Republican Governors, 15 Democrats, 1 Independent and six results to come. However, Brian Dubie the Republican candidate in Vermont, has reportedly conceded, so I make it:
Republicans lead in 3 (Connecticut, Maine, Oregon)
Democrats lead in 2 (Illinois, Minnesota)
N.B. Although the five remaining contests are coloured according to the current lead, I would be surprised if none of these changed, for example Connecticut and/or Illinois, which are virtual dead heats.
Posted by Antoine Clarke at 11/03/2010 06:29:00 p.m.