Could this Florida congressional race determine the outcome of the presidential election?

Could this Florida congressional race determine the outcome of the presidential election?

特朗普总统的 refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the November election has brought into national focus a handful of contested 国会 races that would ultimately determine who our next president will be.

One of those races is between Democrat Alan Cohn and Republican Scott Franklin for Florida’s 15th Congressional District, held by outgoing U.S. 代表. Ross Spano, 共和党人.

Republican Scott Franklin, 剩下, and Democrat Alan Cohn, 对, are competing to represent Florida's 15th Congressional District.

Republican Scott Franklin, 剩下, and Democrat Alan Cohn, 对, are competing to represent Florida’s 15th Congressional District. (votescottfranklin.com; alancohnforcongress.com)

就目前而言, Florida’s delegation consists of 14 共和党人和 13 民主党人. A victory for Cohn would hand Democrats a majority in Florida.

In the case of a tied presidential election, the matter would be decided on by a vote from the 众议院, in which each state gets one vote irrespective of the size of its delegation. A simple majority, 26 状态, would be required for a presidential candidate to win.

Republicans control the delegations in 26 状态. But if Cohn wins, and Democrats hold the line in other districts, Florida will likely go to Democratic presidential candidate 乔·拜登 in a hypothetical tied electoral college.

Florida’s 15th Congressional District accounts for more than 500,000 voters who are almost evenly registered Democrats and Republicans, 根据 Tampa Bay Times.

Spano won the district in 2018 but he lost his bid for renomination to Franklin, a Navy veteran and Lakeland city commissioner.

它的. RICK SCOTT INTRODUCES BILL REQUIRING MAIL-IN BALLOTS BE COUNTED WITHIN 24 HOURS OF ELECTION DAY

Cohn, fully aware of the district’s importance in the presidential race, wrote in a fundraising email earlier this month that Trump is supposedly “laying the groundwork to claim election fraud, nullify the results and steal the presidency.”

“Flipping FL-15 needs to be treated as every bit as important as the presidential race itself to safeguard our democracy,” Cohn reportedly wrote.

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