House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signaled over the weekend that she’s making her move to prepare the House to potentially decide the winner of the 2020 election.
Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Sunday warning that the election could be “stolen” from Democrats, and urged them to double down on critical House of Representatives elections that could determine whether or not Democrats retain the majority.
If neither candidate achieves a majority in the electoral college, the constitution dictates that the House decides the winner. Democrats currently hold the majority, but if the 12th amendment power kicks in, only one representative from each state casts one vote — meaning that there will be only 50 votes instead of 435.
“We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so,” Pelosi said in the letter. “Because we cannot leave anything to chance, House Majority PAC is doing everything it can to win more delegations for Democrats. It’s sad we have to have to plan this way, but it’s what we must do to ensure the election is not stolen.”
“We have outstanding candidates in these key districts and they have built strong campaigns, but we must forcefully ensure they win. Simply put, this strategy to protect our democracy and elect Joe Biden will take an all out effort and resources,” Pelosi’s panicky letter continued.
While there are 435 representatives, there will only be 50 votes. And a current tally of representatives in each state shows that there are more Republican-majority delegations than Democrat-majority delegations. Republicans control 26 delegations; Democrats dominate 22; Pennsylvania is tied and Democrats have a 7-6 Michigan plurality.
Pelosi is urging Democrats to focus on congressional races that typically aren’t a priority in order to gain a control of states in which the GOP currently holds a only slim majority.