ISU Professor on what happens if the Electoral Vote is tied?

By Mark Bullion

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 3:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Many national polls are showing the candidates either extremely close, if not tied. One ISU professor says not to worry.

Retired ISU Political Science Professor Dr. Robert Bradley says that scenario is highly unlikely but possible. He says in the case of a tie, the decision would be made by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Each state's Congressional Delegate would cast a vote.

Dr. Bradley says Gov. Romney would likely win because the House is controlled by Republicans.

He also says there would be a tie for Vice President, and that's where things could get interesting.

"The Senate would then vote for the top two for vice president and the Senate is now controlled by Democrats which means Biden would probably be the next Vice President and Romney being the President. That would be an interesting scenario," said Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley adds that this election could turn out to be very similar to the 2000 election where George Bush won the Electoral Vote but lost the popular vote by around a half a million votes.

Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m.

Anyone in line by the closing time will be allowed to vote.

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