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Potential Electoral-tie In Next Election...really?

Being the studious Poli Sci student that I am, I was reading an article in Congressional Quarterly about how many scholars are debating over how there COULD be an electoral tie in the Romney/Obama election next week.......more details below
1Ancient Wisdom
Cometh Doom, Cometh Death

a 269-269 Electoral vote could happen, which in that case Congress determines who wins; the House will vote on the Presidency and the Senate on the Vice Presidency. The first question is will the reps still vote for the popular candidate in their state, or with their personal beliefs, or will they vote strictly along party lines regardless? In these extremely partisan times, that's most likely.
Ride the Lightning

The House vote won't be an issue since there is 435, an odd number, so one candidate will win. In the Senate, there could be a 50-50 tie, which whenever this happens the Vice President is the tiebreaker. But Joe Biden IS the vp, so how could he be the tiebreaker in determining who wins between he and Paul Ryan? So who would be the tiebreaker then? Don't know.
3Black Sabbath
Master of Reality

The Supreme Court would HAVE to eventually take a case and answer this question, but the Court has what's known as the Political Question Doctrine which basically means they don't think it's the Court's place to determine questions like this. But they'd HAVE to rule on it.
Arcane Rain Fell

On top of all of this, Congress' current approval rating is like 7%, so you can imagine the mess this could cause. Their approval rating would go to like fucking 1%. Romney would win the Presidency because of Republican control of the House, but the Senate would be a toss up. Then there's the possibility of a Republican president and a Democratic VP....in these polarized times, yeah that'd work great.
Recreation Day

Then there's the concern of the Supreme Court ruling on such issues that we'd have unelected officials, the justices, indirectly electing the new president. This could all turn into such a mess that it be disgusting. We'd have no clue who our president/vp is, how they got there, who got them there, etc. While it's in no way "likely" for this to happen next week, at some point down the line for our country an electoral-tie is going to happen just out of sheer probability...which then opens the door for these dilemmas in Congress. Thoughts?
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