Although this is highly unlikely, a tie in the 2020 presidential election would create the messiest possible Electoral College scenario, where the House of Representatives will be charged with the duty of deciding who becomes the winner, experts say.
If President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden become trapped in a 269-269 tie, the House of Reps. will break it. Each state delegate will get one vote, says 270 to Win, a nonpartisan political website that projects elections.
“If neither candidate gets a majority of the 538 electoral votes, the election for President is decided in the House of Representatives, with each state delegation having one vote. A majority of states (26) are needed to win. Senators would elect the Vice-President, with each Senator having a vote. A majority of Senators (51) is needed to win,” the website says.
Alexander Burns, a veteran political correspondent for the New York Times, said on the paper’s podcast The Daily, “If that were to happen, I think the conventional wisdom is that Republicans would probably be favored,”
However, Burns described a tie as highly unlikely — and “literally the messiest scenario possible.”
The same process will follow should a third-party candidate win enough electoral votes to prevent either candidate from reaching 270 required.