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What happens when no presidential candidate wins the Electoral College?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. If no presidential candidate succeeds in winning a majority of the Electoral College votes (today that means 270 or more), then the decision is passed to the U.S. House of Representatives for decision by majority vote, with each state delegation getting to cast one vote. The procedure is set forth in the 12th Amendment to the Constitution. Twice in U.S. history, the presidency has been decided by the House - in 1801, when Thomas Jefferson was eventually elected, and in 1825, when John Quincy Adams won.

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