And, if successful in elevating Scholten, Biden’s trip could serve as a backstop for his own presidential bid.
A Scholten victory would likely give Democrats eight of Michigan’s 14 seats in the House, helping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s newly stated goal of blocking Trump from a last-gasp effort to remain in the White House if he does not win the November election.
It’s all very complicated, but there is a remote chance that neither Trump nor Biden will be a clear winner in the electoral college.
In such a scenario, deciding the presidency falls to the House of Representatives, but in a rare twist mandated by the 12th Amendment after the contested 1800 election, each state’s delegation counts as one vote. So Montana and Alaska, with just one at-large representative, count the same as California with its 53 members and Texas with 36 members.
The victor must receive at least